Dangerous Minds

views updated

Dangerous Minds ★★½ My Posse Don't Do Homework 1995 (R)

Based on the autobiography of LouAnne Johnson (Pfeiffer), a 10-year Marine turned inspirational inner-city high school English teacher. Naturally, Johnson has to take on the establishment educational system to fight for her kids. If you can buy Pfeiffer as an ex-jarhead, a tough teacher should be no problem. A subplot romance involving Pfeiffer and Andy Garcia was cut from the film to focus on the teacher/student byplay (which seems a real shame); Elaine May did a uncredited script rewrite. Kinda squishy and surprisingly successful. 99m/C VHS, DVD . Michelle Pfeiffer, George Dzundza, Courtney B. Vance, Robin Bartlett, Renoly Santiago, Lorraine Toussaint, John Neville; D: John N. Smith; W: Ronald Bass; C: Pierre Letarte. Blockbuster '96: Drama Actress, T. (Pfeiffer).