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The Ron Clark Story (2006) (TV)

Director:
Randa Haines
AKA
The Triumph
COUNTRY
USA/Canada
GENRE
Drama
NORWEGIAN TITLE
The Ron Clark Story
RUNNING TIME
96 minutes
Producer:
Tom Cox
Craig McNeill
Murray Ord
Jordy Randall
Screenwriter:
Annie De Young
Max Enscoe


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Ron Clark Matthew Perry
Tayshawn Brandon Mychal Smith
Shameika Hannah Hodson
Julio Micah Stephen Williams
Principal Turner Ernie Hudson

 

Review

Matthew Perry proves that he is capable of and comfortable with serious dramatic material in this TNT production based on a true story about a teacher who turns an apathetic and hostile NYC class around through inspired teaching. The idea may sound overly familiar, but it's a noble and winning formula all the same. If it's handled right, one could even say important. The Ron Clark Story has heart and a good script, but the direction by Randa Haines (the award winning director of Children of a Lesser God) is surprisingly weak. The process Ron Clark is able to start with the kids, what he actually does to turn them around, is indistinctly and sloppily presented, and Matthew Perry's performance, which in all other respects is fine, lacks that extra spark which one could expect from a teacher who achieves what Ron Clark does here. Part of the problem may be the somewhat affected acting by the kids, but if you're willing to let these issues pass, the film turns out both rewarding and inspiring.

 

Copyright 19.11.2010 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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