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Pfeiffer gives a funny, scrappy performance that makes you feel a committed teacher's fire to make a difference.
The tale screenwriter Ronald Bass came up with, and the way director John N. Smith tells it, is stereotypical, predictable and simplified to the point of meaninglessness.
If only the filmmakers had used some subtlety in telling the story, they could have done right by the real LouAnne Johnson.
Pfieffer is absurdly miscast: Sly Stallone would make a more plausible Mr. Chips than the frail, squeaky actress does a nine-year veteran of the Marine Corps.
Stay home and watch Welcome Back Kotter. It's more enlightening.
The movie pretends to show poor black kids being bribed into literacy by Dylan and candy bars, but actually it is the crossover white audience that is being bribed with mind-candy in the form of safe words by the two Dylans.
None of it rings the slightest bit true; all of it insults the intelligence.
So whitebread I want to call everyone involved 'Urkle'.
Horrible. A waste. How was this ever a hit?
Inspiring portrait of an inner city teacher who discovers that making students feel good about themselves brings learning alive in the classroom.
Platitudes, cliches, stereotypes, and ... oh yeah, a soundtrack!
Hackneyed, obvious and Lite, complete with happy ending.
It 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.
Stories 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.
I like movies like these, although its not as good as films like freedom writers, it is an entertaining enough movie.
Its not the most inspirational drama that gives you the wow factor at the end of the movie but it is funny and keeps you interested.
I absolutely love the soundtrack to this movie its amazing.
Stereotypical, predictable and unrealistic.
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