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Freedom Writers (Widescreen Edition) (Bilingual)

Hilary Swank , Imelda Staunton , Richard LaGravenese    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
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4.0 out of 5 stars Much more interesting than it sounds June 13 2011
By Steven Aldersley TOP 50 REVIEWER
Freedom Writers (drama, biography, crime)
Directed by Richard LaGravenese
Starring Hilary Swank, Patrick Dempsey, Imelda Staunton and Scott Glenn

Paramount Pictures | 2007 | 122 min | Rated PG-13 | Released May 22, 2007

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Video resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1

English: Dolby Digital 5.1
French: Dolby Digital 5.1
Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1

English, English SDH, French, Spanish

Single 50GB Blu-ray Disc

The Film 4.5/5

It's unlikely that many people know about Freedom Writers. The title makes it sound boring; how can writing be an exciting spectacle? The other problem is the first 30 minutes of the movie. It's almost exactly what you would expect and covers familiar ground. There's a chance it would lose viewers who think that the whole movie is going to be predictable.

It isn't.

The movie opens with riot scenes in Los Angeles and we hear a brief narration from one of the key characters, Eva (April Lee Hernandez). It shows her father being wrongly-convicted of a crime. This event confirms in her mind that she is right to hate all white people (as the cops were white) and anyone from another culture. She's a member of a gang and happy with her role in life.

Then we meet Erin Gruwell (Swank), who is a first-time teacher at Woodrow Wilson High School. She teaches English and is naive about what she'll face in the classroom. She believes that none of the rules apply to her because she cares, and that she can succeed where everyone else has failed. She thinks she can change the world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational Jan. 11 2009
At first glance, Freedom Writers appears to be just another cliché of a classroom redemption story. However, because it is based on a true story, the movie comes out as a nice tribute to a truly inspirational educator who sacrificed her personal freedoms to acquire those of her students.
Hilary Swank gives out a solid performance in this role and overshadows the fact that the students look too old to be 14-15 years.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Real Teacher Students Story Sept. 26 2009
I have seen many similar stories, blackboard jungle, the morgan freeman film, but this one beats them all, Hilary fits real well as the teacher who challenges herself to teach her class of multi ethnics gang related backrounds, more than just textbooks, her methods are unique, determined, and smart. I include it in my classic films collection.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Film vs. book Oct. 21 2009
By Rachel
I definitely enjoyed the film but I would recommend the book even more. I thought it was a shame that the film kept returning to Erin Gruwell's relationship with her husband when it is not even mentioned once in the book. However, the film really did bring the line game and the characters to life.
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4.0 out of 5 stars what I ordered Jan. 29 2014
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DVD was in good shape played fine. Information was accurate on description of product on webpage. No problems with this product.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring Dec 31 2013
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This movie would make a great discussion project for youth age 12 - and older and high school aged. Also a useful tool for jr high and high school teachers to incorporate into their curriculum around social issues and marginalization.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The movie June 19 2013
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Great movie that resumed well the book. The actors are great too. Make sure to bring a box of tissues because you'll probably cry at the end.
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