A young teacher inspires her class of at-risk students to learn tolerance, apply themselves, and pursue education beyond high school.
Release Year: 2007
Rating: 7.4/10 (25,064 voted)
Critic's Score: 64/100
Stars: Hilary Swank, Imelda Staunton, Patrick Dempsey
It's 1994 in Long Beach, California. Idealistic
Writers: Richard LaGravenese, Freedom Writers
April L. Hernandez
(as April Lee Hernandez)
their story their words
Release Date: 5 January 2007
Filming Locations: Hamilton High School, Los Angeles, California, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $9,405,582
(7 January 2007)
Did You Know?
Hilary Swank beat out her co-star in this movie, Imelda Staunton, for the 2005 Oscar for Best Actress.
When the computers are lent to the students to type their diaries, they all know how to type correctly. This isn't consistent with their backgrounds.
It's the dumb class cuz. It means you too dumb.
Man, say it to my face cuz.
I just did. See what I mean? Dumb?
Don't listen to the naysayers
I read the message boards before seeing the movie and wasn't really
that excited to go see it. Yes, the general storyline has been done
I'm a male teenager and this movie made me cry. I can't remember the
last time a movie made me cry… in fact, I don't think I have
(teary-eyed doesn't count). Freedom Writers moved me.
It was so much better than I expected. All I can say is that it is
definitely worth at least a matinée viewing.
The movie reminded me that all of America isn't like white middle-class
suburbia, of which I am a part. Regardless of how many times the same
movie has been done before, the white middle-class can use as many
reminders as possible that education is not that easy to obtain
everywhere. Even in America, opportunity is not equal, and I think it's
important for people to see that.
Don't judge the movie without seeing it.