A dedicated California teacher finds a way to unify her disadvantaged, racially divided students and to improve their grasp of academics, partly by having them keep journals about their violent,... View more >
violent content, some thematic material and language
Starring Hilary Swank, Patrick Dempsey, Scott Glenn... View more >
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An outstanding film of hope and love! You have to be a stone if you are not moved by this one. The teacher goes up against uncomprable odds, stumbles, regroups...takes the kids where THEY are at, and leads them...as all superlative teachers do. She made a difference at great sacrifice to her. A combination of caring, honesty, creativity, and intelligence did it. Tears came down my cheeks, several times, with happiness. Hillary Swank is fantastic in this film.
My first strong contender for Best film of 2007. "Freedom Writers" is the real life story of a teacher who inspired a racially divided school room. She try a method of urging her students to write journals of their experience. And telling their stories are truly heartbreaking. Whgat more, their writing experience got them to learn about the holocaust. Remember, this film took place in 1994 when the film "Schendier's List" is still fresh in people's mind. One of the best dcenes of the film is when the students hold a fundriser to get the woman responsible to hiding Anne Franks. When she showed up, one of the students called her a hero. she repilded that she doesn't deserved to be called a her, she was only doing her job. Another scene is when one of the students was upset when she read that Anne Frank died at the end. The other day, I went to the movie theater where "Freedom Riders" was shown and was a student group from high school that went to see the movie. I will strongly urged you to see this movie. I don't care if you're a student or an adult, this is an very important film to see. This movie will get people the intrest in writing. Just like I had many years ago. Hilary Swank deliver an incriedible performance. This film will have you believing in the "Freedom Riders." there is a book on their writings. I urged you to pick up a copy and read it. Also, the diary of Ann Franks is a must read too. Plus the 1959 film version. I saw it many years ago on AMC and I still think about that movcie today. Do me a favorite and see this film today. You will be inspired.
Not much new here, but well done.
I just saw Freedom Writers, and thoroughly enjoyed it. The plot may be familiar- ghetto kids inspired by a great teacher (eg "Stand and Deliver"), but it is extremely well done, and the fact that the story is based on true events makes it very compelling. Hilary Swank is excellent as the teacher, Ms. Gruell, and the rest of the cast, including many young, fresh faces is very good. The writing is crisp, the dialogue realistic, and the production value more than adequate.
There is an especially moving scene when a woman whose family protected Anne Frank during Nazi occupation (the class has read The Diary of Anne Frank), is brought to Long Beach, CA to meet the members of Gruell's class. I don't know if the woman was portrayed by herself, or an actress, but when she tells the class they are the heroes for surviving their rough environment it is extremely effective.
This movie gave me a glimpse into the life of poor kids who are faced with violence, racial division and hopelesness every day. It is also a testament to how one person can make a difference in the lives of so many others-sort of a variation of George Bailey in "It's a Wonderful Life".
If you are a cynic and cold hearted, you will not enjoy this movie. If you have any degree of humanity in you, this movie is worth seeing.
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