Freedom Writers parents guide

Freedom Writers

Overall A-

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.

Violence C-
Sexual Content A
Profanity D+
Substance Use B-

Why is Freedom Writers rated PG-13? The MPAA rated Freedom Writers PG-13 for violent content, some thematic material and language

Run Time: 123 minutes

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Freedom Writers
Rating & Content Info

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Why is Freedom Writers rated PG-13? Freedom Writers is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for violent content, some thematic material and language

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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Freedom Writers
Canadian Movie Rating Info
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia PG Coarse Language. Violence.
Alberta PG Coarse Language, Violence.
Manitoba PG Not Recommended for Young Children. Language May Offend.
Ontario PG Mature Theme, Violence, Language May Offend, Disturbing Content.
Quebec G
Martimes 14A
Canadian Home Video PG

News About "Freedom Writers"

Cast and Crew

Freedom Writers is directed by and stars Hilary Swank, Patrick Dempsey.

Home Video

The most recent home video release of Freedom Writers movie is April 16, 2007. Here are some details…

  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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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.

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