Movie Reviews By Bil Antoniou
(out of 5)
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).
Directed by John N. Smith
Cinematography by Pierre Letarte
Production Design by Donald Graham Burt
Costume Design by Bobbie Read
Film Editing by Tom Rolf