Freedom Writers (Widescreen Edition) (Bilingual)
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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.
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.Read more ›
Solid producing from Danny D.- too bad this movie wasn't nominated for any major awards. Gritty, raw, and extremely refreshing, this movie should be a standard to show in any pre-secondary/secondary high school class.
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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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This movie depicts a struggle a teacher encountered in an impoverished neighbourhood.
A must for teachers and students!
DVD was in good shape played fine. Information was accurate on description of product on webpage. No problems with this product.Published on Jan. 29 2014 by David K Fitch
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.Published on June 19 2013 by Vicky Poliquin