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Pressure Cooker (2008)

Unrated | | Documentary | 19 June 2008 (USA)
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Infamously blunt, Wilma Stephenson runs a "boot camp" teaching Culinary Arts at Frankford High, disciplining her students into capable chefs and responsible students. But behind her tough ... See full summary »
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Infamously blunt, Wilma Stephenson runs a "boot camp" teaching Culinary Arts at Frankford High, disciplining her students into capable chefs and responsible students. But behind her tough exterior is a teacher who cares passionately about getting the best out of her kids.

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An inspirational, funny, un-sappy documentary
30 December 2011 | by runamokprodsSee all my reviews

It gets a little lost and repetitive in the middle, but this uplifting documentary of inner-city kids competing for scholarships to culinary colleges packs an emotional wallop, and manages to be truly inspiring without being sappy.

It's also full of wonderful characters, starting with their teacher, a sort of drill sergeant with a heart. This is the kind of teacher every kid needs – one who isn't afraid to be tough as nails, but underneath is flowing over with love for 'her kids'. She's quirky, odd, unpredictable, and you can see that her students adore her.

The students too are a fascinating bunch, from the huge football player who really puts his all into his cooking, to the recent immigrant from a poverty stricken village in Africa who sees America as a land of opportunity in a way very few of us born here can. A lovely film with a sense of humor and a great message.


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USA

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19 June 2008 (USA) See more »

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

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Opening Weekend USA:

$8,151, 31 May 2009

Gross USA:

$44,803

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$44,803
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