Inspired by actual events: When a woman (Maggie Gyllenhaal) believes that her young daughter is being left behind at a failing elementary school, she takes matters into her own hands to try to rebuild the school and give her daughter a brighter future. Also with Viola Davis, Oscar Isaac, Holly Hunter, Rosie Perez and Lance Reddick. Directed by Daniel Barnz. [2:01]
SEX/NUDITY 1 - A man and a woman kiss in a few scenes. A man and a woman flirt as they walk along a street.
► A woman calls a man "Sexy Texy." A woman makes a remark about a man's buttocks.
► A woman is shown wearing a camisole that reveals cleavage, bare shoulders and tattoos on her chest. A woman wears low-cut tops that reveal cleavage in several scenes throughout the movie. A woman's top reveals part of her bare back at the hip and her lower abdomen in a few scenes. We see a mural on a wall that depicts men wearing tank T-shirts that reveal bare backs and shoulders and one man is bare-chested.
VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - Two girls tug on a backpack until it rips and the owner of the backpack is very upset and cries. A young girl struggles to read in a classroom and her classmates tease her.
► A woman yells at a man and she throws things off a table in his office. A young girl yells at her mother and tells her, "You make everything bad." Several people yell at two women who knock on their doors. A husband and his wife argue about their son. A man and a woman argue and the woman tells the man to leave her apartment (he leaves). A man and a woman talk about their son being behind in his schoolwork.
► A woman tells her young son that she drank a lot of wine one night and drove with him in the car, but she did not buckle his seat belt properly and she crashed the car; she went on to say that she feared that the accident might have caused him some brain damage. We hear about protests and see people on a TV news broadcast throwing bricks. A principal orders one of his teachers to lie about attendance. A woman says, "I marry losers."
► A woman spits while brushing her teeth. We hear that a young girl was not permitted to use the bathroom and had an accident.
PROFANITY 3 - 1 scatological term, 2 anatomical terms, 6 mild obscenities, name-calling (idiot, stupid, jerk, dumb, stupid cow, dead beat, drama queen, retard, checked out zombies, losers, Sexy Texy, poor, legally dead, lost causes, queen bureaucrat, insane), exclamations (shut up). [profanity glossary]
SUBSTANCE USE - People in a bar drink alcohol in a couple of scenes, a man drinks a beer, and a woman tells her young son that she drank a lot of wine and drove with him in the car and had an accident.
DISCUSSION TOPICS - Teaching, taking responsibility, dyslexia, unions, making a difference, parenting, single parenting, drinking and driving, drugs, gang, changing a failing school, public education standards, unions, luck, passion, civil rights, failsafe law, lying, human nature, fear, bullying, social Darwinism, tenure, bureaucracy, hope, judgment, dreams.
MESSAGE - Unions protect their members without regard for the larger community. There are good teachers and there are bad teachers.