The Ron Clark Story (2006)

TV Movie  |  TV-PG  |   |  Biography, Drama  |  13 August 2006 (USA)
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A small-town teacher relocates to one of the toughest classrooms in the country.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Judith Buchan ...
Snowden School Principal
Jerry Callaghan ...
James Dugan ...
Mr. Lively
Patricia Benedict ...
Jean Clark
Harried Principal
Marissa Vega
Mr. Solis
Principal Turner
Ms Hill (as Jacey Ma)
Marty Ronaghan ...
Jackie Vasquez


1998. Ron Clark, still relatively early in his career, leaves his stable life teaching at an elementary school in his suburban North Carolina hometown, the school where he is appreciated by both his fellow teachers and his students for his innovative teaching methods which results in raising test scores. Instead, he decides to look for a teaching job at a tough New York inner city school where he feels he can be more useful. He eventually finds a job at Inner Harlem Elementary School, where the students are segregated according to their potential. As Clark is white and "nice" looking, Principal Turner wants to assign him to the honors class, especially as Turner's job security depends on good test scores. Clark, however, wants to take the most disadvantaged class. He quickly learns that it will be a battle of wills between himself and his disruptive students to see who can outlast the other. But he also learns that he has to understand them, both individually and collectively, on ... Written by Huggo

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No one believed in them. Except him.


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Ron Clark: Y'landa, good morning. Do you have a list of the public schools in Harlem?
Y'landa: Sure I do, baby.
[Y'landa hands him the phonebook]
Ron Clark: Okay, thank you.
Y'landa: What do you want school listings for?
Ron Clark: I'm a teacher.
Y'landa: And you wanna teach - up in Harlem?
Ron Clark: Yes.
Y'landa: Well then, honey, you're gonna need something else. Personal injury lawyers.
[she flips through the phone book]
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I've been a fan of Mattew Perrys ever since Friends first aired on TV, and I make it a point to try and see any movie he makes. However, it's sometimes a bit...what's the word...sad (I guess) to see him play "Chandler" over and over again. As much as I like that character, it would be fun to see him play something else. That's that.

As for The Ron Clarke Story, with Perry as Ron Clarke, there are certain Chandler-qualities about Clarke. But more in terms of body-language than anything else - and I guess that would be Perry himself "shining through". For the most part it's a standalone part for Perry, a good long step away from "Chandler Bing". It's a really sweet story about a substitute teacher who goes through hell and back for his students (consisting of worst-case-scenario kids). It's an inspiring story, and you really wish it would always be that "easy" to get kids out of trouble and onto the right path.

Perry is good, he almost always is, and the kids are actually believable. True, sometimes you wish Clarke would just give the snotnose kids a "feel of the back of his hand" - but I guess that would be the easiest (and most faulty) way to go.

The Ron Clarke Story is a feelgood-film, and it does just that. It makes you feel good.

In addition: Any film that makes schoolteaching look like fun deserves a whole heap of credit.

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