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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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Why Is Freedom Writers Rated PG-13?

Living in gang-run neighborhoods, the students in Ms. Gruwell’s freshman English class (along with the viewers) are exposed to gunfire, drive-by shootings, and domestic abuse as well as the ruthless beatings and bloody murders of friends and family. Teens carry guns to school and fights break out in classrooms and on the grounds. Footage from the Rodney King riots and clippings of the Holocaust are also shown. Adults have alcohol with dinner and one couple drinks during an emotionally upsetting discussion. The script also contains profanities, ethno-cultural slurs and the use of one sexual expletive in a non-sexual context.

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