Lean On Me
When principal Joe Clark (Morgan Freeman) takes over decaying Eastside High School, he's faced with students wearing gang colors and graffiti-covered walls. Determined to do anything he must to turn the school around, he expels suspected drug dealers, padlocks doors and demands effort and results from students, staff and parents. Autocratic to a fault, this real-life educator put it all on the lin
3 out of 5 (B-)
This is a feel-good movie, and despite the premise being slightly overplayed, it is good for what it is. You certainly enjoy it when you're watching, it's only until afterwards when you realize it was just another one of those generic "we totally proved them wrong" stories.
Pile of racist, fascist excrement leftover from the cultural parasite that was the Reagan Era. Nothing about the film stands out, except maybe its problematic racial politics and horribly unsympathetic main character, played by Morgan Freeman.
I have to wonder what a wonderful, interesting, and challenging film it might have been if Lynne Thigpen's character had been the protagonist.
Somehow Morgan Freeman's voice is still soothing even when he's yelling at you about how important it is to stay in school and not do cocaine
Good at the time.
I think that there simply weren’t enough details in this movie. We jump from scene to scene of Clark disciplining somebody, touching on the lives of some of the minor players. We are not shown or told how the students change or just exactly what changes takes place within them. For the majority of the movie, lots of people yell at each other. And that’s it. bit.ly/bASXiK