John Adams Elementary is failing, but thousands of students who can't read or write or add are getting passing grades. Nona Alberts (Viola Davis) and Jamie Fitzpatrick (Maggie Gyllenhaal) work together to change things for the better. Although there is fear and doubt at times, these two women fight with teachers, the school board and parents, not just for the education and futures of their children but for every child attending this inner-city school.
Children are being sent to school but they're not learning anything. A dyslexic little girl is struggling and she gets no help at all. It was disappointing to see educators who didn't care about their students. And the first scene - very bothersome.
Nona and Jamie: I liked the characters, and I was rooting for them till the end. Even though what was going on with the school kept my attention, I was more interested in their personal lives - Nona's family situation, Jamie's relationship with her daughter.
A good movie with a message of hope.
Favorite Line (I think I'm remembering it right): It's been a long time since I got jiggy with it, and I wasn't jiggy then.