Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB. USA, 1995. Hollywood Pictures, Don Simpson/Jerry Bruckheimer Films, Via Rosa Productions. Screenplay by Ronald Bass, based on the book My Posse Don’t Do Homework by LouAnne Johnson. Cinematography by Pierre Letarte. Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, Don Simpson. Music by Lisa Coleman, Wendy Melvoin. Production Design by Donald Graham Burt. Costume Design by Bobbie Read. Film Editing by Tom Rolf.
Michelle Pfeiffer is fantastic in this hackneyed To Ma’am With Love that gets a real E for effort. It tells the true story of Louanne Johnson, a U.S. marine who, following her departure from the army, takes a job as a supply teacher in an inner-city school that ends up becoming a full-time lifestyle. She enters her first classroom intending to teach the kids a thing or two about what’s written in books, but has no idea what effect she’ll have on their personal life. If the wonderfully talented youngsters playing her students didn’t have such annoying cliches of inner-city life to play, the film would probably be more effective, but its more touching moments are dampened down by its raucous predictability. Still, Pfeiffer’s work makes it well worthwhile. Based on Johnson’s autobiography My Posse Don’t Do Homework (which was the original title of the film before the Disney marketing department got their hands on it).