Dangerous Minds (1995)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB

USA, 1995.  Hollywood Pictures, Don Simpson/Jerry Bruckheimer Films, Via Rosa Productions.  Screenplay by , based on the book My Posse Don’t Do Homework by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by , .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

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).

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