The students were convinced that they had nothing to learn from a white woman who had never experienced firsthand the violence, discrimination, and hatred that was part of their everyday lives.
Ironically, the film features almost zero teaching. Despite much pedagogical posturing, it doesn't teach us much, either. In the mids, a high-minded but inexperienced educator named Erin Gruwell played here by Hilary Swank organized her ninth-grade English class at a public high school in Los Angeles as an ongoing seminar in truth-telling, survival, social justice, and the power of self-expression.
Her students, predominantly poor and non-white, read The Diary of Anne Frank and Zlata's Diary and other stories of endangered but headstrong youth around the world. The class reciprocated with the publication of the The Freedom Writers Diary, in which they chronicled their own travails in the face of gang rivalries, poverty, homelessness, racism, apathy their own and others'and further layers of personal and social abuse.
Unfortunately, the film soon reveals itself as having more invested in the valor and perserverance it depicts than in the exigencies of storytelling and filmmaking.
Early on, Freedom Writers cuts from a fistfight in Gruwell's first class to her coffee break later that day; we hear that Erin is managing two classes of freshmen and sophomores, but we only ever see her with the same kids; we rarely even know what subjects she's imparting.
Its implied sentiment that Erin's success with her students is due only to empathetic connection, classroom provisions, and extra-curricular field trips leaves out the two things Freedom Writers purports to glorify: The actors, especially newcomers like April Lee Hernandez and Jason Finn as two of the students, do what they can to enliven the proceedings and inject the film with real clenches of frustration and troubled conscience.
She briefly sounds some deeper notes in a late scene with Patrick Dempsey, a callow wash as her increasingly alienated husband. The same unwanted vibe arises when Imelda Staunton, who went un-Oscared in Vera Drake when Swank copped her second trophy for Million Dollar Babyexacts a kind of sweet if unwitting revenge, dicing up Swank's vague thesping with a few quick slices of pity, contempt, resentment, and envy.
Swank's habitual privileging of dogged earnestness over skill or complexity typifies the whole film, which never loses its hold on the social desperation of its students and their appetite for knowledge, but which filters and broadcasts those sentiments in the most abstract, often vacuous ways.
This strain in the movie's rhetoric, despite some affecting cameos from real-life camp survivors, finally seems like one more way in which Freedom Writers fails to "get" the life of the classroom or the lifeworld of poor, young, multiethnic Angelenos.
Certainly, LaGravenese never jives to the obligatory hip-hop soundtrack as he did to the jazz in Living Out Loud; he uses, of all things, Naughty by Nature's exuberant "Hip Hop Hooray" to underline the tensions and intramural fisticuffs Erin witnesses upon arriving for her first day of school.
I've read portions of The Freedom Writers Diary, some of which are quoted at length in this film, and if the movie finally serves to advertise the book and its testimonies and the axes of injustice, ghettoization, and social stratification that are the contexts for those testimoniesthen Freedom Writers will be a hard film to begrudge.
Actually, it's already too brisk, reasonably engaging, and aggreeably virtuous to begrudge. But all of that energy and goodness is counterbalanced by the tentative style and script and by a lingering air of failed strategizing:The Freedom Writers Freedom Writers was released in on January 7.
It was based on the book the Freedom Writer's Diary by Erin Gruwell, who wrote the story based on a school name Woodrow Wilson Classical High School in Eastside Long Beach, California.
List of Freedom Writers characters, including pictures when available. These characters from the movie Freedom Writers are listed by their importance to the film, so leading roles can be found at .
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Dramatic film based on the book The Freedom Writers Diary by teacher Erin Gruwell who wrote the story based on Woodrow Wilson Classical High School in Eastside, Long Beach, California. The film contains some interesting representations of teenagers; ethnic groups (within the class) and teachers.