Thanks for the input, Linda, I have only seen Ms. Hilary S. in Million Dollar Baby but I was very impressed there, what a poignant performance. This story seems a bit clichè'ed, it has been done before several times, but I may check out if only to see how she does her role here after she delivered such a masterpiece 2 years ago.
I saw Freedom Writers and thought it was great too. I read in the paper last week that the young boy who played gang member that was guilty of murder was actually shot and killed in LA - he was not a gang member, just wrong place, wrong time. Very sad.
My daughter lives in Long Beach, not too far from Wilson High School.