I had actually watched this film a while ago, when it first came out, but I was held captive and forced to watch it again in a class. I didn't have the same eye for detail that I have now when I first watched it, but I remember it being a mediocre film.
The film is ridiculously cheesy. It is made by MTV after all. The plot is super predictable and the ending is delivered in the most worn-out, cheesy way possible. The film tries to be more profound than it is. It tries to be a story about a group of inner-city kids and a story about gang violence at the same time, but it needs to be one the other. The conflict between the main character and her husband seems forced. I do realize that it is a true story, but it could have been handled better.
Even though the actors are way too old to be playing high school freshmen, they are otherwise believable. They do really well in their roles. Patrick Dempsey also has a good turn in a supporting role. Hillary Swank does very well in her role, but I would have liked to see more about the students and less about her. The comedy is, for the most part, organic. The film did some cool things with voiceovers and her imagination while she is reading the diaries, but that only happens once.
So overall, Freedom Writers is not a terrible movie — it is relatively interesting — but don't rush out to see it.
Big Tuna's Rating: B-
How Did I Watch It?: DVD/Blu-Ray in a class.
Had I Seen It Before?: Yes.
Would I Watch It Again?: I doubt it.
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