Assigned the thankless task of teaching freshman English at a gang-infested Long Beach, CA high scho... read moreol, a 23-year-old teacher resorts to unconventional means of breaking through to her hardened students in director Richard LaGravenese's adaptation of Erin Gruwell's best-seller The Freedom Writer's Diaries: How a Teacher and 150 Teens Used Writing to Change Themselves and the World Around Them. Her students had been written off, and her chances of succeeding scoffed at, but Erin Gruwell (Hilary Swank) wasn't about to go down without a fight. Long Beach is a place where a new war is waged with each passing day, and when the hardened students who walk those dangerous hallways sense an outsider attempting to understand their plight, their cynical resentment threatens to keep a deadly cycle in motion. Despite the initially hostile reaction she receives in the classroom, Gruwell uses the writings of Anne Frank and Zlata's Diary: A Child's Life in Sarajevo to teach her students not only the basis of the English language, but compassion and tolerance as well. Later, when the time comes to tell their own tales in a project specially designed to explore the daily violence that the majority of students have grown numb to, the barriers that had once stood so strong gradually begin to crumble. When the only chance for survival is to befriend the person who was once your mortal enemy, the world is opened to a whole new realm of possibilities. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
not bad, but seemed like a rip-off of other teacher-saving-underpriviledged students films.
Reviewed 23 months days ago
. I could have done without the sub-plot of the teacher and her husband.
Reviewed 22 months days ago
fe than most of the other inner city turn the kids around movie I have ever seen! If Everyone had a teacher like her the drop out rate would be zero!
Steve Coogan stars in the comedy Hamlet 2, which follows a drama teacher who tries to put together a... read more production of "Hamlet 2" to rescue his high-school theater department. Catherine Keener co-stars in the Andrew Fleming-helmed production. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi
. The story is about failed actor turned teacher, Dana Marchsz(pronounced Mar-se-zhe, played excellently by the brilliant Steve Coogan) and h
Reviewed 12 months days ago
Dana is a high school drama teacher at West Mesa High. He was once a failed actor, starring in small cameo roles such as Xena: W
Reviewed 3 years days ago
"Hamlet 2" is a film that sets out to parody the "inspirational teacher" films - think "The Dead Poets Society". It also very much mimics a lot of behind-the-scenes