Freedom Writers

Synopsis: It's 1994 in Long Beach, California. Idealistic Erin Gruwell is just starting her first teaching job, that as freshman and sophomore English teacher at Woodrow Wilson High School, which, two years earlier, implemented a voluntary integration program. For many of the existing teachers, the integration has ruined the school, whose previously stellar academic standing has been replaced with many students who will be lucky to graduate or even be literate. Despite choosing the school on purpose because of its integration program, Erin is unprepared for the nature of her classroom, whose students live by generations of strict moral codes of protecting their own at all cost. Many are in gangs and almost all know somebody that has been killed by gang violence. The Latinos hate the Cambodians who hate the blacks and so on. The only person the students hate more is Ms. Gruwell. It isn't until Erin holds an unsanctioned discussion about a recent drive-by shooting death that she fully begins to un
Director(s): Richard LaGravenese
Production: Paramount Pictures
  2 wins & 1 nomination.
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123 min

I have to be confident

you're capable of dealing

with what we have to face here.

I am.

I know I have a lot to learn as a teacher,

but I'm a really good student.

I am, and I really want to be here.

- Those are lovely pearls.

- Thank you. From my father.

I wouldn't wear them to class.



Do I look like a teacher?


Hey, Chris, yo, what up?

- Hello.

- Hello.

Hey, yo, let's sit right here, man.


Hey, girl, you wanna give me

some fries with that shake?

My name is Erin Gruwell.

Welcome to Freshman English.

I give this bitch a week.


Okay. Brandy Ross?

Gloria Munez.

Alejandro Santiago.

Andre Bryant.

Eva Benitez.

Eva, not Eva.


I have to go to the bathroom.

- Okay, make sure that you take a...

- Yeah, I know.

Ben Samuels?

That white boy hoping

he's in the wrong room.

I gotta get out of here.

- Sindy Ngor.

- Right here.

Is that correct?

- Jamal Hill?

- Man, what am I doing in here?

This whole ghetto-ass class

has got people in here

looking like a bad rerun of Cops

and shit.

You know what I'm saying? It's true.

- Are you Jamal?

- Yeah.

Well, for some reason

they have you registered in this class.

- Yeah, and that's some bullshit.

- It's the dumb class, coz.

It means you're too dumb.

- Man, say it to my face, coz.

- I just did.

See what I mean? Dumb.

- Man, I know you ain't talking to me!

- Okay...

Look, homey,

I'll beat that ass, homeboy.

Can you please sit back down?

Look, I got your spot on the team.

That's why you're over there

wagging your tongue.

Please sit back in your seats.

Look, your spot is good as gone. I don't

know why you keep wasting your time

coming to practice with them

two-year-old Nikes on your feet!

You don't know nothing about me, coz!

Broke down my whole situation.

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Richard LaGravenese

Richard LaGravenese (born October 30, 1959) is an American screenwriter and film director, best known as the writer of The Fisher King. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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