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Freedom WritersIn Freedom Writers, Hilary Swank plays real-life teacher Erin Gruwell — who inspired L.A. kids in the face of racial turmoil —...Freedom WritersDramaPT123MPG-13In Freedom Writers, Hilary Swank plays real-life teacher Erin Gruwell — who inspired L.A. kids in the face of racial turmoil —...2007-04-13Patrick DempseyParamount Pictures

Freedom Writers

Genre: Drama; Starring: Hilary Swank, Patrick Dempsey; Director: Richard LaGravenese; Author: Richard LaGravenese; Release Date Wide: 01/12/2007; Runtime (in minutes): 123; MPAA Rating: PG-13; Distributor: Paramount Pictures

In Freedom Writers, Hilary Swank plays real-life teacher Erin Gruwell — who inspired L.A. kids in the face of racial turmoil — as an innovative idealist whose only fault is unstinting dedication. As for the young charges: Writers’ ”dumb class” stands out amid the one-dimensional adults deciding their fates; the kids’ quiet performances (notably Jason Finn’s) provide the surprises the script lacks. B-