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Freedom Writers (2007)

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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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It's 1994 in Long Beach, California. Idealistic Erin Gruwell is just starting her first teaching job, that as freshman and sophomore English teacher at Woodrow Wilson High School, which, two years earlier, implemented a voluntary integration program. For many of the existing teachers, the integration has ruined the school, whose previously stellar academic standing has been replaced with many students who will be lucky to graduate or even be literate. Despite choosing the school on purpose because of its integration program, Erin is unprepared for the nature of her classroom, whose students live by generations of strict moral codes of protecting their own at all cost. Many are in gangs and almost all know somebody that has been killed by gang violence. The Latinos hate the Cambodians who hate the blacks and so on. The only person the students hate more is Ms. Gruwell. It isn't until Erin holds an unsanctioned discussion about a recent drive-by shooting death that she fully begins to ... Written by Huggo

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Rated PG-13 for violent content, some thematic material and language | See all certifications »

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5 January 2007 (USA)  »

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$21,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$9,405,582 (USA) (5 January 2007)

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$36,581,633 (USA) (9 March 2007)
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Trivia

Jamal (Deance Wyatt) is seen wearing a "Poly" jersey. Long Beach Polytechnic High School is Long Beach Wilson's biggest rival. See more »

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In the scene where the students are reading The Diary of Anne Frank, one of the girls is reading a sentence, and then flips 3-5 pages instead of one. See more »

Quotes

Jamal: At sixteen, I've seen more bodies than a mortician. Every time I step out my door I face the risk of being shot. To the rest of the world it's just another dead body on a street corner. They don't know that he was my friend.
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References Boyz n the Hood (1991) See more »

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by Darrius Garrett, Kashaun Johnson, Intan Y. Sebastian, Lou "Buster" Brown and Teak & Dee Underdue
Performed by Darrius "Mista Sniper" Garrett
Produced by Lou "Buster" Brown
Additional Production by Teak & Dee Underdue
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Don't listen to the naysayers
5 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I read the message boards before seeing the movie and wasn't really that excited to go see it. Yes, the general storyline has been done before...

I'm a male teenager and this movie made me cry. I can't remember the last time a movie made me cry... in fact, I don't think I have (teary-eyed doesn't count). Freedom Writers moved me.

It was so much better than I expected. All I can say is that it is definitely worth at least a matinée viewing.

The movie reminded me that all of America isn't like white middle-class suburbia, of which I am a part. Regardless of how many times the same movie has been done before, the white middle-class can use as many reminders as possible that education is not that easy to obtain everywhere. Even in America, opportunity is not equal, and I think it's important for people to see that.

Don't judge the movie without seeing it.


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