Hilary Swank, Patrick Dempsey, Scott Glenn
Paramount Pictures; Directed by Richard LaGravense
Rated PG-13; 123 minutes; 2007
Based on real life experiences, teacher Erin Gruwell enters into Woodrow Wilson High School ill-prepared for the challenges of her at-risk students. Met with conflict at every stage she finally makes a connection with them through a discussion of The Diary of Anne Frank and encourages them to write their own daily journals. This inspirational story shows the ability of a dedicated teacher to truly change lives.
This movie is based on the book Freedom Writers Diary, by Erin Grunwell, which has been selected as the 2008-09 Freshman Common Reading.