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Assigned the thankless task of teaching freshman English at a gang-infested Long Beach, CA high school, 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 ...

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4backstreet

Feb 18, 2017

Great movie!

This movie truly shows you what great teaching and true love for learning and people is all about.

Irv W

Apr 15, 2011

Children need Inspiration

True story of new teacher who motivates kids to achieve in a very poor ghetto school. But she has to fight the structure to do it.

My Goddaughter has done it, as have I. But in both cases, the "system" only wanted babysitting for the kids until they drop out.

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