Based on the true story of Erin Gruwell (a steely Hilary Swank), a first time teacher in California who inspired her racially divided students to overcome the racism, violence, homelessness and abuse in their lives. It's set shortly after the LA riots.... More
Interestingly, the story is taken from the actual journals of the students and the actors playing them are largely first time actors.Hide
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BY Brian1 superstar
definitly worth seeing.
You do get the feeling you've seen it all before as this, another in a long line of teacher beats the system" films.
Again, based on fact Hilary Swank give a convincing performance. As do all the supporting actors, particularly the students.
BY John-Kirby nobody
Assignment: A film on a true-life American teacher who inspired her no-hoper class to achieve big-time, by making works like "Diary of Anne FRank" relevant to them and by inspiring them to write journals on their street-scarred lives - hence the "Freedom Writers"
Acting: Excellence. Hilary SWank is thoughtful, impassioned, touching - in short, amazing. And the support cast of mostly non-professionals give their hearts and souls too. Imelda Staunton (Vera Drake) turns up... More as an unhelpful Head of department.
Writing/ Directing: Merit. Sure, some of it is corny and sentimental, but it mostly feels genuine. Good structure, too, by plunging us into one student's journal before we even get our bearings.
Summary: Go see it - a mainstream film with some genunine passion. They don't come along very often.Hide
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