All I can say is wow. It reminds me of movies like Dangerous Minds, Lean on Me, Stand and Deliver, even To Sir With Love. Naive new teacher believes they can change the world one mind at a time. The thing is, they succeed, one student at a time. Some may consider it sappy, I see it as inspirational. Fine, they have to have a happy ending or it would make for a sucky film, so they don't write movies about the failures. Everyone loves the underdog. Figthing your way out of the slums makes for great entertainment for those of us that have never been in that place, right? Whatever reason draws you to watch this movie, watch it. Watch the inspiring story, then visit their website http://www.freedomwritersfoundation.org/ and see how real it is. There are those among us that are quiet heros, though their actions scream from the mountain tops. There are teachers that still believe that anyone can learn, and everyone has the right to that chance. I wish there were more Erin Gruwells in the world, so that all kids could learn that education is a joy, and the key to a bright future. Watch this movie, and be prepard to feel. If you don't, or think its just another sappy feel good movie, you never had a teacher like Ms. Gruwell, and I feel very sorry for you.