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UPDATE: Unknown to me, Jimmy Wolk does NOT have TS, a testament to his acting talent; reminiscent of di Caprio in "Gilbert Grape".
As an adult, Cohen wanted very much to be a teacher. But no administrator would hire him. After much, much trying, traveling all over creation, Cohen was finally hired as a second-grade teacher. But that was only half the battle. Some kids made fun of him, and one parent pulled her child out of his class because she wanted a "normal" teacher for her child. Cohen had to lay down the law. While friendly with children, he had to prove that he was an authority figure, not a buddy.
In time, Cohen more than exceeded expectations. First the children, and then everybody else, loved him. As a teacher with TS myself, I found this movie (and book) quite inspiring. Never let anything stop your dreams. The challenge of dealing with a disability can be surpassed by the challenge of dealing with how others treat you because of their perceptions of your disability, and the challenge of convincing adults that your disability doesn't define you can be more difficult than convincing children of the same.
As a teacher involved with the Teachers for Tomorrow program, I can't wait to show this to my students. It really shows that students can overcome their disabilities and become whatever they have the drive to be. I am also planning to show it to my Psychology students as a way of looking at abnormal psych and how it should (and should not) be addressed.
As for the movie itself, it is done extremely well. It doesn't condescend or preach, but it does deliver a message. The acting was very good. I really couldn't find any fault with it. Patricia Heaton does a terrific job of portraying his mother (for those of us that only know her from Everybody Loves Raymond - who knew she could do a lead drama??)
I can heartily recommend this movie without reservations. Hallmark definitely hit a homerun with this movie.
Interestingly, I wanted to be a teacher myself from the time I was about 15, so I finally had an opportunity to be one in the Air Force for two years (1980-1982). Regrettably, there is no doubt in my mind that TS had an adverse impact on my performance. It wasn't until about 1981 or 1982 that I even became aware that there was a name for what I had. While that in and of itself did not help alleviate my condition, I at least knew something about it and came to realize that I wasn't alone.
If you have TS or know someone who does, this movie should have a very profound and positive impact on you. Even if you do not or do not know anyone with TS and have a chance to see it, I urge you to do so. It is well worth the time--as, I should add, is true with all Hallmark movies. ><>
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If you are looking for an inspirational video, this is definitely top rate. It is all about the real life struggles of a man who has turrets syndrome. Read morePublished 2 months ago by vivi
We love this story of a boy and young man who overcame what seemed to be insurmountable obstacles to achieve his dream and goal in life. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
My friend told me about this movie, so I finally watched it. It is incredible! The actor James Wolk, is BRILLIANT!
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We love all of the "Hallmark Hall of Fame" movies. This is one of our favorites! A powerful story of overcoming the stigmas and misunderstandings that often accompany our... Read morePublished 4 months ago by David E. Hess
Great movie! Great story! Inspirational. Good service. Item as described.Published 4 months ago by Colleen R. Beaudoin