This earnest drama benefits from strong performances by Maggie Gyllenhaal, as a parent who worries her daughter isn't getting the best educational experience, and Viola Davis, as a teacher who puts her career on the line to improve standards at her school.
There's no doubt that real-life instructors will be a natural, and naturally satisfied, audience for the film. Holly Hunter and Rosie Perez also star. DVD extras: theatrical trailer; two "making-of" documentaries; audio commentary by director Daniel Barnz; deleted scenes. *** (PG: AS, P) (Also on Blu-ray)
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