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 -  Drama  -  28 September 2012 (USA)
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Two determined mothers­, one a teacher, look to transform their children's failing inner city school. Facing a powerful and entrenched bureaucracy, they risk everything to make a difference in the education and future of their children.

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Two determined mothers with children who are failing in an inner city school in Pittsburgh join forces to take back the school, and turn it into a place of learning. But before they can change the school for the better, they must first battle the parents, the school board, and the teachers union. Because this is for their children, they won't back down from this enormous challenge. Written by Douglas Young (the-movie-guy)

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If you can't beat the system... change it

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Rated PG for thematic elements and language | See all certifications »

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Learning to Fly  »

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$2,603,370 (USA) (28 September 2012)

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$5,308,553 (USA) (16 November 2012)
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Michael Perry: When I drink, I ask nosey questions.
Jamie Fitzpatrick: When I drink, I marry losers.
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Learning To Fly
Written by 'Tom Petty' (av) and Jeff Lynne
Performed by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
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Propaganda? Maybe, but still a good film
23 August 2013 | by See all my reviews

There's no doubt there is a pedigree of Christian conservative roots in this movie. The big name in production is Walden Media and they have their roots in Christian conservative ownership.

So is it propaganda? Probably.

Is this a documentary? No.

This is a movie where labor is made out to be complete villains, and disconnected to the teachers on the ground. They lie and bribe to save their own jobs. The teachers are either good or evil. The one bad teacher can't be just incompetent. She's is literally Evil.

Having said that. It is a well made film. There is good. There is evil. There are obstacles to overcome. The acting is good. The story is compelling. Other than a couple of hokey moments and some slow spots, the story flowed well.

So on the film itself without taking sides, this is a definite 7.


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