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Freedom Writers

Based on a true story, Freedom Writers follows the efforts of Erin Gruwell (Hilary Swank), an inexperienced high school teacher who is forced to change her lesson plan when faced with a classroom full of racial intolerance and gang violence. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: A-
Violence: C-
Sexual Content: A
Language: D+
Drugs/Alcohol: B-
Run Time: 123
Theater Release: 04 Jan 2007
Video Release: 16 Apr 2007
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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Other stories based on the real life efforts of educators and young advocates have also made it to film. Gang violence rips apart the lives of youth on the streets and even inside prison walls until a camp guard introduces football as a way to deal with aggression and breakdown barriers in Gridiron Gang. Jaime Escalante takes on the challenge of teaching Calculus to a group of struggling inner city kids in Stand and Deliver. The documentary Paperclips follows the exceptional experiences of a small school in Tennessee that implements a Holocaust study with their students.

Home Video Extra Features

  DVD Release Date: 17 April 2007

Fans of Freedom Writers take note: The film is coming to DVD in either full or wide screen presentations. Bonus extras include alternate and deleted scenes, as well as the movie’s theatrical trailer. Featurettes cover Making A Dream (a behind-the-scenes look at the movie), the Freedom Writers Family, and Freedom Writers: The Story Behind the Story (a documentary about the real Erin Gruwell). Audio tracks and subtitles are available in English.

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