Louanne Johnson is an ex-marine, hired as a teacher in a high-school in a poor area of the city. She has recently separated from her husband. Her friend, also teacher in the school, got the temporary job for her. After a terrible reception from the students, she tries unconventional methods of teaching (using karate, Bob Dylan lyrics etc) to gain the trust of the students. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Michelle Pfeiffer was pregnant during production. Although shot out of sequence like most films, it becomes apparent when methods are used to hide the actress' stomach. Methods such as long skirts and bulky sweaters along with scenes where Pfeiffer is shown carrying large objects were used. See more »
When Raul gets dragged away by the police from his fight with Emilio you can see that his ponytail is ruined, but in the next shot when they got out of the school his ponytail was back. See more »
Written by MisDemeanor, Craig Mac, Evil Dee
Performed by Sista featuring Craig Mac
Sista appears courtesy of Swing Mob/Elektra Entertainment, A Division of Warner Communications,
Craig Mac appears courtesy of Bad Boy Entertainment/
Arista Records See more »
This movie gives us a little hope that there are people in the world prepared to go to extreme lengths for the good of others. This is a heart warming story, and although at times it's quite tragic, it shows a growing bond between a group of socially discarded students and a very special teacher.
Michelle Pfeiffer's performance is simply wonderful, she captures the passion and warmth of her character perfectly. The rest of the cast are a little mixed, but there is plenty of strength in their performances to cover any cracks.
Overall this is a highly emotional and educational journey, that is enjoyable to watch.
8/10 If you enjoyed this watch 187, its even better.
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