Freedom Writers

Movie review by Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

True story of inspirational teacher; language, violence.

PG-13 2007 123 minutes

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 22 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 53 reviews

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age 11+

Plot

it's a motivational movie, but the day of the trial took forever making the plot longer than it should.
age 9+

Teaches us all a lesson

I sat down to watch this film finally today and unexpectedly my little girl 9 who was playing with her Lego sat and watched it with me because it caught her attention. I asked her what she thought at the end of the film and she had this to say" The teacher feels like she can teach them to be kind to each other and respect each other and the children learn to feel like they can be free in that classroom with her and be safe and respect her " so I think it's fair to say she got it and she wasn't traumatised by anything in it but just maybe learnt something about the wider world she lives in. Yes there is violence etc but this story tells a truth many kids live so if they have to live it day in day out from a much younger age then a kid watching this in this context that there's more, you can expect better, be better do what's right even when it's dangerous or difficult shouldn't be something to be scared of it should be what we are teaching them. Kids don't need the world hiding from them they need to see it with a little hope sprinkled on to show them how to be better people.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Movie Details

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