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D.L. Hughley is Ben Cross, a struggling teacher trying to make a difference in his life and the lives of others by starting a school at the state prison.

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Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: tells an old story in occasionally inventive way

- Dragan Antulov, Draxblog Movie Reviews, Thursday, June 24, 2010


- John Anderson, Variety, Thursday, February 23, 2012

Rotten: A dreary little button-pusher laden with overbaked dramatics, coloring book plot conventions, and annoyingly simplistic answers to several truly difficult questions.

- Scott Weinberg,, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

4 stars

This movie is verry much over looked, and rightfully so, just look at the cover. It rely's on the star power of D.L. Hughley, and thats it's downfall. The split screen stuff with the poet is really cool. It makes me think of that line from a scatman john sont"The book's in his shoping cart is probably the best education he's ever going to have." This movie is pretty damn good and surprisingly well made.

- heavyd2000, Sunday, November 23, 2008