The second I heard about Freedom Writers I couldn't help but roll my eyes at what looked to be, and turned out being, your standard teacher inspires troubled kids movie. Yes, it's true, I hate this er, genre.
Coming to DVD: Freedom Writers
Two-time Academy Award winner Hilary Swank leads a phenomenal cast of first-time actors in the emotionally stirring film inspired by a true story of Freedom Writers, arriving on DVD April 17, 2007 from Paramount Home Entertainment. The film portrays the story of Erin Gruwell, a high school teacher in Long Beach, California, who encouraged her class of at-risk students to overcome the gangs that divided them and the educational system that failed them, and to tell their stories in their own words. The journals the students were inspired to write ultimately became the book The Freedom Writers Diary. The Freedom Writers DVD includes feature-length commentary with director/writer Richard LaGravenese and Hilary Swank, deleted scenes and featurettes.
It's not that I didn't like the film because it was necessarily bad, but the topic was far too dramatic to interest me.
That doesn't mean that the Freedom Writers DVD doesn't at least try to earn points with consumers. Besides the feature, the DVD comes packaged with audio commentary from the director, four deleted scenes and three featurettes.
If I found the story of a teacher coming into a school and changing troubled students lives even somewhat interesting, I might have enjoyed the additions. The deleted scenes seemed to be more of the same, something that only those who really loved this film will appreciate.