DANGEROUS MINDS

This movie makes me feel so bad ass everytime I watch it…

Dangerous Minds (1995) is an American drama film based on the autobiography My Posse Don’t Do Homework by former U.S. Marine, LouAnne Johnson who took up a teaching position at Carlmont Highschool in Belmont, California where most of her students were African-American and Hispanic teens from East Palo Alto, a then-unincorporated town at the opposite end of the school district.

The film, starring Michelle Pfeiffer was released to mixed critical reception, but became a surprise box office success in the summer of 1995.

Louanne Johnson is an ex-marine, hired as a teacher in a high-school in a poor area of the city. She has recently separated from her husband. Her friend, also teacher in the school, got the temporary job for her. After a terrible reception from the students, she tries unconventional methods of teaching (using karate, Bob Dylan lyrics etc) to gain the trust of the students.

 

The soundtrack and its lead single “Gangsta’s Paradise” enjoyed major success and received nominations for the Grammy Award for Record of the Year.

Coolio won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance for his vocals.

At the MTV Movie Awards 1996Dangerous Minds was nominated in four categories: Best Movie, Best Female Performance (Pfeiffer), Most Desirable Female (Pfeiffer) and Best Movie Song (Coolio).

This will forever be a legendary film. With the risk of sounding corny Dangerous Minds was inspiring and convinced me to try harder at school.

I even bought the 1996 Grammy CD just for Gangsta’s Paradise.

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