A working mother puts herself through law school in an effort to represent her brother, who has been wrongfully convicted of murder and has exhausted his chances to appeal his conviction through public defenders.
A drama based on the true story of Melvin B. Tolson, a professor at Wiley College Texas. In 1935, he inspired students to form the school's first debate team, which went on to challenge Harvard in the national championship.
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
Jamal (Deance Wyatt) is seen wearing a "Poly" jersey. Long Beach Polytechnic High School is Long Beach Wilson's biggest rival. See more »
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 »
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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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
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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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