History Film / FreedomWriters

25th Apr '16 3:22:25 PM EnglishGuruLady
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* CoolTeacher: Erin, naturally, although it does take awhile for the students to realize this.
25th Apr '16 11:22:32 AM EnglishGuruLady
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* AbsuiveParents: Some students have these. Brandy writes about it in her diary.

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* AbsuiveParents: AbusiveParents: Some students have these. Brandy writes about it in her diary.
25th Apr '16 11:22:09 AM EnglishGuruLady
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* AbsuiveParents: Some students have these. Brandy writes about it in her diary.
* AdultsAreUseless: This is essentially what Erin's students initially believe, and considering their lives outside school, it's justified. Erin helps turn it around somewhat, but only in that they come to believe adults ''except Erin'' are useless.
* TheCameo: The real Erin Gruwell can be seen briefly when Miep Gies (yes, the real one) is escorted into the Wilson High library.


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**Erin, briefly, after [[spoiler: her husband leaves her.]]


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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Jamal gives one to Erin, as do Marcus and Eva, out of the [[JustifiedTrope belief that she doesn't understand how they live.]] Erin hands one right back after discovering one of her Latino students has drawn a hateful, propaganda-like picture of a black student. Victoria, one of Erin's [[spoiler: eventual]] students gives one to Margaret because the latter is part of a group that sees Victoria as [[YouAreACreditToYourRace a token inspirational black kid.]]


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*YouAreACreditToYourRace: This is how Brian and Margaret view Victoria, an honors student who [[spoiler: transfers to Erin's class after Brian asks her, the only African-American student in ''his'' room, to give "the black perspective" on ''The Color Purple.'']] Victoria sums up her feelings about this to Margaret in an eloquent and respectful version of TheReasonYouSuckSpeech.
23rd Apr '16 8:09:59 PM AFriesen91
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-->'''Erin Gruwell''': You know what this is? This is a big FUCK YOU to me and everyone in this class. I don't want excuses. I know what you're up against. We're all of us up against something. So you better make up your mind, because until you have the balls to look me straight in the eye and tell me this is all you deserve, I am not letting you fail. Even if that means coming to your house every night until you finish the work. I see who you are. Do you understand me? I can see you. And you are not failing.

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-->'''Erin Gruwell''': You know what this is? This is a big FUCK YOU to me and everyone in this class. I don't want excuses. I know what you're up against. We're all of us up against something. So you better make up your mind, because until you have the balls to look me straight in the eye and tell me this is all you deserve, I am not letting you fail. Even if that means coming to your house every night until you finish the work. I see who you are. Do you understand me? I can see you. [[YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre And you are not failing. failing.]]
22nd Sep '15 1:44:53 PM DoctorCooper
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* HotLibrarian: Well, Erin Gruwell is played by Hilary Swank...

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* HotLibrarian: HotLibrarian[=/=]HotTeacher: Well, Erin Gruwell is played by Hilary Swank...



* TroubledButCute: Several of Erin's students.

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* TroubledButCute: Several of Erin's students. Specially Eva (female example).
25th Jul '15 3:35:08 PM RoseAndHeather
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* ShownTheirWork: According to the real Freedom Writers, this movie gets pretty much everything that matters about the story absolutely right.
14th Jul '15 7:08:44 PM Alvin
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* HeelFaceTurn: Eva, when she admits that someone from her gang killed a boy at a convencience store, after being inspired by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miep_Gies Miep Gies]]--when the class gets her to speak at their school--to do what's right.

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* HeelFaceTurn: Eva, when she admits that someone from her gang killed a boy at a convencience convenience store, after being inspired by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miep_Gies Miep Gies]]--when the class gets her to speak at their school--to do what's right.



* ItsPronouncedTroPAY: Eva will not hesitate to tell you it's pronounced AY-va. Which is TruthInTelevision, Eva in spanish is indeed, pronounced as that.

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* ItsPronouncedTroPAY: Eva will not hesitate to tell you it's pronounced AY-va. Which is TruthInTelevision, Eva in spanish Spanish is indeed, indeed pronounced as that.
14th Jul '15 6:55:58 PM HerrBlitzDiktator
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* ItsPronouncedTroPAY: Eva will not hesitate to tell you it's pronounced AY-va.

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* ItsPronouncedTroPAY: Eva will not hesitate to tell you it's pronounced AY-va. Which is TruthInTelevision, Eva in spanish is indeed, pronounced as that.


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* OlderThanTheyLook


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* YouAreNotAlone: [[spoiler: Teachers are people too.]]
25th Jun '15 6:42:21 AM Morgenthaler
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* HeroicBSOD: Eva when she finds out how Anne Frank died after the class was assigned [[DiaryOfAnneFrank her diary]].

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* HeroicBSOD: Eva when she finds out how Anne Frank died after the class was assigned [[DiaryOfAnneFrank [[Literature/AnneFrankTheDiaryOfAYoungGirl her diary]].
22nd Feb '15 8:48:55 PM Fireblood
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* PrecisionFStrike: An ''extremely'' jarring example coming from a teacher. (after Andre gives himself an F)

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* PrecisionFStrike: An ''extremely'' jarring example coming from a teacher. teacher (after Andre gives himself an F)F).
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