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They gave me candy....
on 4 March 2014
Louanne Johnson is an ex-marine, hired as a teacher in a high-school in a poor area of the city.
She has recently separated from her husband. Her friend, also teacher in the school, got the temporary job for her.
After a terrible reception from the students, she tries unconventional methods of teaching (using karate, Bob Dylan lyrics etc) to gain the trust of the students.
And guess what? it works!! In a non-patronising way to the audience..
It's been sixteen years since this film was released here in England, and it was a movie I always resisted in seeing. Mainly because it got so much coverage thanks to that awful song, but it never really appealed to me.
Seeing it for the first time last week, I now know why. It's a pitiful movie, cashing in on success of Boyz n the Hood, and high school movies, but with the Bruckheimer and Simpson sheen.
It just doesn't work. For one thing the class look almost as old as Pfeiffer, and they warm to her way too soon. Secondly, she goes out of her way to look after these 'kids'. it's as if Edward James Olmos and Morgan Freeman are giving her motivation throughout.
Pfeiffer is trying to down play her beauty, wearing a leather jacket and eating junk in every scene, but she doesn't convince.
There is nothing new to see, it's just another bad class with hearts of gold movie, and they are tiresome.
See 187 instead, that is a movie.