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Schooled (2007)

Not Rated | | Drama, Family | 3 April 2007 (USA)
An earthy character study about a teacher in crisis who discovers an alternative school that teaches him to connect with kids as people.

Director:

Brooks Elms

Writer:

Brooks Elms
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Kucan Daniel Kucan ... Mr. Fred Hill
Alysia Reiner ... Mrs. Luna Hill
Vladimir Borges Vladimir Borges ... Hector Alverez
Kelleia Sheerin ... Shelliot Mulligan
Nick Huff ... Kelvin Robinson
R.J. Sharpe R.J. Sharpe ... Oliver Alverez
Jack Sway ... Chaz Sanders
Ashley Argota ... Soomi Alverez
Harry Herman Harry Herman ... Uncle Jim Robinson
Nick Daley Nick Daley ... Mr. Jiggers, the janitor
David Heymann David Heymann ... Theo Miller
Brett Hadley Brett Hadley ... Frank Hill
Helene McCardle Helene McCardle ... Linda Hill
Angela Taaffe Angela Taaffe ... Principal Sara Johnson
Arielle Byron Arielle Byron ... Sally, Oliver's lady friend
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An earthy character study about a teacher in crisis who discovers an alternative school that teaches him to connect with kids as people.

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What Happened To The Person You Were Going To Be?

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Drama | Family

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Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 April 2007 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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The background music playing in the car with Chaz and Kelvin was created by the real life inspiration for Kelvin, a musician and filmmaker named Kelvin Zawadiuk. See more »

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An excellent, thought-provoking look at a tough subject
7 October 2007 | by adapadoopSee all my reviews

Just about all of us know a frustrated teacher or 3. "Schooled" is the story of Fred, a dedicated, well-intentioned high-school history teacher who has reached the end of his rope - he's put on leave by the school and running into rough water in his marriage, and decides to visit Shelly, an old high school friend on the other side of the country.

Shelly, her husband Hector and a household of adopted kids challenge everything Fred had always believed about what and how children need to learn. Hector teaches at a school where there are no required classes or tests and where the kids make and enforce the rules. Fred expects chaos and ignorance, but instead finds articulate, passionate, focused kids who are not afraid to make up their own minds. A series of events lead Fred back home and back to his teaching job with a new appreciation of what kids deserve and are capable of.

The acting is solid all around, especially the kids (and the dog!). The story builds to a satisfying climax. I was a little choked up at the end.

The 'Kid's School' in the movie may strike some as fantasy, but Elms based it on the Sudbury Valley School and its offspring around the world, who have a stellar 40 year track record of preparing kids for life in the real world exactly in the manner presented in the film.

If you want a thought-provoking experience or just want to see a good movie, go catch Schooled.


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