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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. »

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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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Freedom Writers is rated PG-13: for violent content, some thematic material and language

Cast: Hilary Swank, Patrick Dempsey
Studio: ? Paramount Pictures

Detailed Review

In the early 1990s, an undeclared war claims countless lives and devastates unnumbered families in Los Angeles neighborhoods. Armed with guns, gangs of youths -- Hispanic, Asian, Black and White---… 
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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… 
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Talk It Over

The students’ personal diaries give them a chance to record their feelings and experiences. How… 
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Video alternatives / Home Video Bonus Features

Other stories based on the real life efforts of educators and young advocates have also… 
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