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(2008 TV Movie)

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  • After being challenged by Tourette's syndrome from a very young age, Brad Cohen defies all odds to become a gifted teacher. As Cohen grows up, he must face friends and classmates who don't realize that he sometimes cannot control his outbursts and a father who seems unwilling to accept his son's condition.

  • Nerdy Brad Cohen grows up with long-un-diagnosed Tourette syndrome, so even his own father, contractor Norman, keeps scolding the 'impish' boy. Fully accepted only by kid brother Jeff and their divorced mother with custody, who ends up suggesting the novel syndrome to their surprised family doc, Brad embraces his new status and challenge, refusing ti be disheartened or foolishly smug. An understanding principal at his new school makes the difference, so he resolves to aim at a teaching career, getting great grades. Still it takes forever to get hired at a rare open-minded school. Even there, bigot parents nearly undo his brilliant class efforts, but his brother and father, who keeps suggesting Brad should join the family building firm for good, surprisingly save his social life while a blind Internet date proves a lasting hit even if it takes Jeff to make Brad hope for a lasting relationship.

  • Brad Cohen who, despite being challenged by Tourette's Syndrom at a very young age, defies all odds to become a gifted teacher.


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  • "Front of the Class" is based on the true story of Brad Cohen -- played in the movie by Jimmy Wolk -- who, "after being challenged by Tourette's syndrome from a very young age, defies all odds to become a gifted teacher.

    Despite suffering from Tourette's syndrome, Brad Cohen (James Wolk) fulfills his lifelong dream of becoming a teacher in this touching Hallmark Hall of Fame production based on a true story that shines a light on this often misunderstood disorder. As Cohen grows up, he must face friends and classmates who don't realize that he sometimes cannot control his outbursts, and a father (Treat Williams) who seems unwilling to accept his son's condition.

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