Dangerous Minds (1995)
Critic Consensus: Rife with stereotypes that undermine its good intentions, Dangerous Minds is too blind to see that the ones it hurts are the audience.
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as Louanne Johnson
as Hal Griffith
as George Grandey
as Carla Nichols
as Callie Roberts
as Raul Sanchero
as Emilio Ramirez
as Mary Benton
as Irene Roberts
as Cornelius Bates
as Gusmaro Rivera
as Durrell Benton
as Mr Sanchero
as Woman #1/School Office
as Big `G'
as Stunt Student
as Librarian #2
as Lionel Benton
as Mrs. Sanchero
as Mr. Sanchero
as Tyeisha Roberts
as Mr. Santiago
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Critic Reviews for Dangerous Minds
Pfeiffer gives a funny, scrappy performance that makes you feel a committed teacher's fire to make a difference.
The tale screenwriter Ronald Bass came up with, and the way director John N. Smith tells it, is stereotypical, predictable and simplified to the point of meaninglessness.
If only the filmmakers had used some subtlety in telling the story, they could have done right by the real LouAnne Johnson.
Pfieffer is absurdly miscast: Sly Stallone would make a more plausible Mr. Chips than the frail, squeaky actress does a nine-year veteran of the Marine Corps.
The movie has real emotional and reportorial credibility, a prime source of its power.
Audience Reviews for Dangerous Minds
It may seem like just another of those countless inspirational movies about a teacher who "saves the lives" of a group of rebellious students (and it is indeed condescending sometimes, especially with those candy bars), but it is also honest enough to be definitely worth it.
Stories about teachers winning over a tough audience are always uplifting - shades of 'To Sir with Love'. This movie has all the normal ingredients - tough-but-caring teacher, kids-with-chips-on-their-shoulders, fights, the teacher deciding to leave, but kids pull her back. Music is great. I would have rated it higher, but it really has been done before many times.
I like movies like these, although its not as good as films like freedom writers, it is an entertaining enough movie. Its not the most inspirational drama that gives you the wow factor at the end of the movie but it is funny and keeps you interested. I absolutely love the soundtrack to this movie its amazing.
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