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-
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
Posted April 13 2007 — 12:00 AM EDT
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