By Renee’ Collins

Rating: 4 (Out of 5 Reels)

I pretty much got what I expected out of this film about two determined mothers who attempt to “take on city hall” and transform their children’s failing inner city school.  They face a powerful and entrenched bureaucracy and risk everything to make a difference in the education and future of their children. 

If anyone missed THE HELP, go out now and rent it because it is an absolutely wonderful film in which I first witnessed the acting prowess of Viola Davis (Nona Alberts).  Maggie Gyllenhaal also does a convincing job as Jamie Fitzpatrick, a product of the same failing inner city school system who stops at nothing to fight for her daughter to have a decent education especially since she is dyslexic.  At every turn her daughter is met with ridicule and apathy because her tuned out teacher is only interested in drawing a paycheck instead of help her students learn.

These mothers are fought every step of the way which demonstrats to their children the importance and worth to fight for something believed in.  These characters have depth and being drawn into their plight is easy for the viewer.  It is, I believe, impossible not to care about them and the idealist in me wants to see things change everywhere to stop this kind of thing from happening but; alas, unfortunately, I know that will not happen.

I don’t see any reason why someone should pay to see this one in the theater.  Although, it is a well written and acted film, I would wait for this one to come out on DVD.

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