Michelle Pfeiffer is fantastic in this uplifting parable that gets an A grade for effort. It tells the true story of Louanne Johnson, a former U.S. marine who takes a job as teacher at an inner-city high school that ends up becoming a lifestyle.Louanne enters the blackboard jungle determined to help her class of “rejects from hell” graduate, what she soon learns is that you can’t become a teacher from reading books, or by gaining qualifications. You have to live it.Despite its glossy veneer, the film does try to balance things out by showing that some of these kids can’t or just don’t want to come around. The film’s drama is by-the-numbers and some of the more touching moments are watered down by their predictability. Pfeiffer’s work though makes it a worthwhile watch.Dangerous Minds is noticeably 90’s and if you were around in the decade you might remember Coolio’s Gangsters Paradise which serves as the title song. Pfeiffer even starred in the video. The film is based on Johnson’s autobiography My Posse Don’t Do Homework, which was the working title before master crowd-pleasers Jerry Bruckheimer and Don Smith got their hands on it.