The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - HIGHLIGHTS -

There is a rea­son this film went straight to DVD. It fol­lows frus­trated mother Jamie (Mag­gie Gyl­len­haal) and fed-up teacher Nona (Vi­ola Davis) as they take on bu­reau­cracy, par­ents and teach­ers to trans­form their fail­ing in­ner-city school and change the school­ing sys­tem for the bet­ter. While their mis­sion is well-in­tended, the story drags on far longer than it should with a pre­dictable end­ing. Also, Jamie’s pushy ways and abrupt man­ner means she’s just not that lik­able as a lead char­ac­ter, even if she is only try­ing to stop her dyslexic daugh­ter from fall­ing through the cracks of a failed sys­tem. ★★ Ex­tras: Deleted scenes, A Trib­ute to Teach­ers, The Im­por­tance of Ed­u­ca­tion, Au­dio com­men­tary with Di­rec­tor Daniel Barnz and the­atri­cal trailer. ★★

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