Freedom Writers Movie Information

Movie Information

Overall Rank: 3853

Average Rating: 2.7/4

# of Ratings: 70

Theatrical Release Date: 01/12/2007

Language: English

Genre: Crime, Drama

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Director: Richard LaGravenese

Actors: Hilary Swank, Patrick Dempsey, Scott Glenn, Kristin Herrera, April L. Hernandez, Imelda Staunton

Plot: A young teacher inspires her class of at risk students to learn tolerance, apply themselves, and pursue education beyond high school.

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Logan D. McCoy - wrote on 06/04/2019

Just another inspirational "teacher meets troubled youth" movie, but that's just fine.

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Matthew Brady - wrote on 08/16/2014

Freedom Writers is about a young teacher inspires her class of at risk students to learn tolerance, apply themselves, and pursue education beyond high school. The movie was eh, but i found this movie to be really underrated and kind of forgettable to be honest.

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dukeakasmudge - wrote on 09/25/2011

If nothings good on TV or your bored then watch this movie

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Could Have Been Better

lpd381 - wrote on 05/21/2011

This movie is kind of laughable in a way. It's chalk full of cliches, and yes I realize that was a pun. The first half of this movie was inspirational and moving, and then slowly it turns crazy. The principle, other teachers and department head are almost cartoonish villains. Short of holding a cat and saying "we can't let the Negroes rise against us!" she is laughable. Also Hillary Swank's character also sort of loses her mind. I understand that she made great sacrifices but she goes to far. She loses a marriage and then fights to stay with the kids through the high school. This sounds nobel on the surface but we lose sight of the other classes that she is dumping. Hazzah she saved 30 kids and screwed 130. The kids can always come back to a teachers room to get help. It shows …

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Vastly Underrated

Alan @ Transbuddha - wrote on 12/23/2008

The idea of an inspiring teacher actually making a difference may seem cliché nowadays, but there’s nothing cliché about Freedom Writers. The tale of a young teacher struggling with gangs, and inner city violence, and a system which has all but given up on the very students she was hired to help learn is, simply put, a great film.

My response to this film might be slightly different than your average movie goer, so let me explain why. I come from a long line of teachers and graduated myself with a teaching degree which I put to work immediately in Kansas City. As a first year teacher in an urban school I struggled with many of the same issues Gruwell faced - a diverse and disinterested student body, lack of any real parental support, the behind-the-scenes politics, a staff of …

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