A substitute teacher avoids any emotional connections by never staying anywhere long enough to form a bond with either his students or colleagues. A lost soul grappling with a troubled past, he finds himself at a public school where an apathetic student body has created a frustrated, burned-out administration. Inadvertently becoming a role model to his students, while also bonding with a runaway teen who is just as lost as he is, he finds that he's not alone in a life and death struggle to find beauty in a seemingly vicious and loveless world.
93 minutes, No persons under 16 (Language)
Drama, On the art circuit
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Adrien Brody, Marcia Gay Harden, James Caan, Christina Hendricks, Lucy Liu, Blythe Danner, Tim Blake Nelson
|Music||The Newton Brothers|
|Editing||Michelle Botticelli, Barry Alexander Brown, Geoffrey Richman|
|Sound formats||Dolby Digital|
|Produced by||Paper Street Films, Appian Way, Kingsgate Films|
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|FPB Report (SA)|
|Language||Strong impact, frequent|
|Nudity||Mild, moderate impact, infrequent, no sexual|
|Sex||Moderate impact, brief, infrequent|
|Violence||Mild, moderate impact, brief, infrequent|
|Drug abuse||Low impact, innocuous scenes, alcohol and tobacco use|
|Comments||Material contains complex and mature themes of dynsfunctionaily, love, care, prostitution, suicide, neglected children, lack of self-awareness, neglected children with negative attitudes, good values, mental problems, disrepect of educators, parental indifference, anger issues, chaos and confusion in life, nightmare of past secrets, forgiveness. Themes are dark, intense. In realistic and stressful settings and may be unsuitable for children under 16 as it depicts / interrogates [sic] parental difference [sic] for everything, students abusing, disrespecting and threatening their teachers, dysfunction within the classroom and teachers' despair and helplessness. Children under the age of 16 may find it confusing, distressing, upsetting and misleading.|
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|CommonSenseMedia Report (USA)|
|Suggested age limit||Positive messages||Positive role models|
|Consumerism||Drinking, drugs, smoking|
|South African Media|
|Cape Argus/The StarTheresa Smith ||15|
|Rolling Stone (US)Peter Travers ||15|
|Movie Review Query Engine (USA)MRQE critics ||12|
|CommonSenseMedia (USA)Staff evaluation||10|
|IMDB33468 Netizens ||15|
|Average .. 63%||13|
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