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Release Date: January 5th, 2007

DVD Release Date: April 17th, 2007

PG-13|2 hr 3 min

Plot Summary
A dedicated teacher (Hilary Swank) in a racially divided Los Angeles school has a class of at-risk teenagers deemed incapable of learning. Instead of giving up, she inspires her students to take an interest in their education and planning their future. She assigns reading material that relates to their lives and encourages them all to keep journals.

Cast: Hilary Swank, Patrick Dempsey, Scott Glenn, Imelda Staunton, April L. Hernandez, Deance Wyatt, Mario , Vanetta Smith

Director: Richard LaGravenese

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Double Feature Films, Paramount Pictures, Jersey Films, MTV Films

Distributors: Paramount Pictures

Keywords: Inspiring, Growing up, Mother, Transformation, Los Angeles, 2000s, School

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  • The film is both too short and too long at two hours-plus. Not enough time is spent with the teens and far too much with their teacher. show more

  • Hilary Swank gives a powerhouse performance as a maverick high school teacher in Freedom Writers, an often gripping and sometimes even inspiring film drama taken from the real-life story of Erin Gruwell. show more

  • I say bring 'em on, if the stories can be told as well, as convincingly and as inspirationally as Richard LaGravenese's Freedom Writers, an educational fantasy that happens to be mostly true. show more

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