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Rife with stereotypes that undermine its good intentions, Dangerous Minds is too blind to see that the ones it hurts are the audience. Read critic reviews
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Jun 05, 2012Stories about teachers winning over a tough audience are always uplifting - shades of 'To Sir with Love'. This movie has all the normal ingredients - tough-but-caring teacher, kids-with-chips-on-their-shoulders, fights, the teacher deciding to leave, but kids pull her back. Music is great. I would have rated it higher, but it really has been done before many times.
Dec 28, 2010It may seem like just another of those countless inspirational movies about a teacher who "saves the lives" of a group of rebellious students (and it is indeed condescending sometimes, especially with those candy bars), but it is also honest enough to be definitely worth it.Carlos M Super Reviewer
Nov 28, 2009The lives of these troubled and misunderstood teens are described very well and maybe that's one of the reasons why I liked this movie. Michele Pfeiffer portrays a teacher who gets a new job teaching at a city school. When she gets there, she realizes that she has agreed to teach a classroom full of hoodlums. After a terrible reception, from the students she tries unorthodox methods of teaching, using friendship and attention to win the trust of her students. In the end she becomes their inspiration for caring about their future. Not up to the classy "To Sir with Love" but pretty good nonetheless. I thought the soundtrack was great and I especially loved the song, "Gangsta's Paradise," by Coolio. This song really suits the atmosphere of the movie in a neighbourhood where fights and deaths are a common thing. Dangerous Minds is actually based on a true story. This movie carried a powerful message of hope, recognizes that there are certain situations where you truly have no control over, but ultimately you still have the choice and power to change your own life.Deb S Super Reviewer
Oct 08, 2009Been spending most our lives living in the gangsta's paradise.