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Plot: Brad Cohen who, despite being challenged by Tourette's Syndrom at a very young age, defies all odds to become a gifted teacher. Runtime: 95 mins Release Date: 07 Dec 2008
with a person with tourettes, this movie moved me. (by video_game_lover_122)
one word to describe it. Wow.Front of the class is about the true story of a kid with tourettes who's lifelong goal is to become a teacher but has to overcome his obstacles with tourettes. with a dad that never accepted him as a son, kids who don't know anything about the desease and all the things in between but what made this movie great was the determination to not only people with tourettes or a disability but people who dog you by saying your no good for this or you will never amount to anything. the movie has good acting and the determination that goes along with the movie and <more>
the cast is top notch. this movie has heart, and with a guy that has tourette syndrome, i could relate and it kept me keeping all hope going and pursue my dreams. defiantly worth a watch if your curious about tourettes, or just a great drama that sucks you in.10/10. HIGHLY recommended.
I came home from work today, switched on my TV and randomly put a film on, and it happened to be this, and i was instantly drawn to it! this genre of films usually doesn't get me interested but the main actor, was fantastic, the adult version of Brad Cohen was excellent in his role! and you instantly liked him,the film develops well and you get to know the characters quickly and efficiently. I also loved the relationship problem between brad and his dad, just to make you feel even more sympathetic towards brad. There are some sad scenes that can make you upset, but there are superb scenes <more>
which have you laughing! i would highly recommend this film! 10/10
I was looking for other movies that Dominic Scott Kay had done and stumbled on this one and I bought it and then I remembered seeing advertisement for its airing, but sadly never watched it.This was the best movie I have ever seen and have never heard of Tourett's Syndrome. the acting was superb from everyone even to the little kids. Jimmy was great and really looks like an older Dominic. We loved Dominic in the Santa movies and on NCIS as the boy scout.I will only support the Tourette cause, I hope the real Brad Cohen stays happy and is a true role model for anyone with disabilities.I <more>
hope you will do a follow-up movie. I would like to see more from Jimmy and of course Dominic.
Informative, inspiring, insightful, and above all, touching (by salmon_lox)
Especially around the holidays, I often enjoy nothing better than curling up in a comfy chair and watching a cheesy, predictable, heartwarming Hallmark movie. However, I must say I was surprised at the quality and power of this simple made-for-TV movie. Based on the true story of Brad Cohen, "Front of the Class" follows Brad as he strives to become, if not the first, certainly one of the first and the few schoolteachers with Tourette's syndrome; throughout this narrative Brad recounts his childhood growing up with the disorder.The movie is very insightful into living with such a <more>
difficult disorder. Most of Brad's experiences, particularly the childhood ones, are outright shocking, and rather startling to me personally, as I never realized how recently people doctors and therapists included have begun to understand Tourette's. Brad's teachers are ignorant of his condition and intolerant, believing him to be willfully disruptive, he faces constant ostracism in public and ridicule from his classmates, one of his mother's acquaintances even recommends exorcism. I admit I did not know enough about the disorder and learned a lot from the movie. Tourette's is so much more than just "those people who shout swear words". Brad is very upbeat, understanding people's discomfort and is eager to talk to them about his condition, letting them know that his tics are involuntary and only worsen when he is stressed i.e. when people insist he stop making the noises or refuse to understand .The really touching part comes when <*spoiler*> Brad is finally granted a teaching job and his second-grade students prove to be more understanding and accepting than most of their parents and teachers. Brad is a very good educator, and touches many students one in particular, but I won't spoil any more .I have a cousin with Tourette's, whose parents are struggling with fully understanding and living with the condition, so this movie hit fairly close to home for me. Though an tearjerker, it's never overly sappy and is rather well-acted. I was also pleased that it was a much more positive look at a disorder than Hallmark's previous effort, "Sweet Nothing in My Ear". I was frustrated at the apparent attitude of that movie that attempts to allow deaf persons particularly, children to hear were intolerant and insulting. Though this point is somewhat moot in "Front of the Class", as Tourette's sadly has no "cure", I think Brad's attitude was made clear when he walked out on a "Tourette's support group" full of people and their parents who have given in to their disorder and preferred to be separated from the rest of society. Instead, Brad chooses to conquer ignorance and not let his Tourette's control him. I definitely recommend it.
Front of the Class is Unrealistic A-1 ***1/2 (by edwagreen)
One common denominator of most films dealing with schoolteachers, they're usually quite good but are totally unrealistic. "Front of the Class" falls into this category.Marvelously staged with a wonderful cast, the film deals with a young man afflicted with Tourette's Syndrome who wishes to teach.Based on a true story, the film chronicles the life of Brad Cohen from childhood, where he meets up with unsympathetic teachers. Naturally, how can they maintain order by having his noises allowed in class? His father, stoically played by Treat Williams, can't accept the problem <more>
and is divorced from mom, Patricia Heaton. Heaton is the diligent mother who researches Tourette's when no one is willing to admit that young Brad is suffering from this illness. Even if they knew, the so called experts don't know how to handle the situation. When Heaton takes Brad to a support group, she quickly pulls him out after hearing a parent saying that schooling these children is a complete waste of time.Of course, Brad grows up wanting to be a teacher to show that all children can learn and to show that he is the teacher who can accomplish this, while giving the dig that none of his teachers ever understood him. Brad, they may have understood you but they had other children to deal with.After getting the run-around, Brad finally lands a job teaching 2nd graders when the assistant principal nudges the principal to hire this young man despite his handicap.Wonderfully, most of the children in the class cooperate while one exceptional child in the class is dying from cancer. Interesting to note that a veteran teacher in the grade "dumped" her most unruly student on Mr. Cohen. Naturally, he is able to handle him because he "understands" him. If only Mr. Cohen came into an urban classroom and saw the realities of the situation.I guess that Mr. Cohen succeeds because he is the most disruptive influence in the class. The film tries to build bridges and urge cooperation and understanding with people having physical handicaps. If society as a whole were only so tolerant, what a perfect world we'd live in.
A young man overcomes the handicap of Tourette to become a teacher. (by TxMike)
This is a really good story and made nicely into this TV movie. It is based on a real person. We saw it on DVD from our public library.Jimmy Wolk is grown up Brad Cohen, new college graduate, attempting to get a job as a teacher in Atlanta. He knows it will be difficult because most school administrators don't believe he can be effective in the classroom with his verbal ticks. But he doesn't give up easily and vows to apply at every school in the greater Atlanta area.Also very effective is young Dominic Scott Kay as the Young Brad Cohen, perhaps 10 or 11. We see the difficulties he <more>
has at school and also within his family. For years the doctors missed the diagnosis, they just thought he was hyperactive and made noises for attention. Only Patricia Heaton as his mother, Ellen Cohen, believed her son. On her own she went to the library and read medical books until she came up with Tourette.Brad's family was fractured, he grew up in St Louis while his father, Treat Williams as Norman Cohen, re-married and moved to Atlanta where he was in the construction business. Acceptance by his father was always an issue with Brad.Dating was always a problem with Brad but when he met Sarah Drew as Nancy Lazarus things turned around. She accepted him for who he is, a very smart and generous person, and they were able to build a life together.A very good movie, even though I was sleepy when I started to watch it I never became sleepy as the movie played.SPOILERS: Brad eventually received a return interview and at a progressive school was hired as a 2nd grade teacher. He discussed Tourette openly when his students asked and allowed them to ask any question. Not only was he accepted and loved by the students, he also was able to reach a young troublemaker and turn him around. At the end of the school year he was chosen as the best rookie teacher in the state of Georgia.
I normally don't watch Hallmark films. Seeing this last night may have changed my outlook on them, though it was too bad it was broadcast after my daughter was in bed. I'd love for her to see it on DVD.This is the true story of a young man, Brad Cohen, with Tourette syndrome who wants to become a teacher and get his master's degree. It's a very simple story made magical and engaging by the strength of its leading player, James Wolk. I hope to see more of him in other work soon. His ability to capture the helplessness of Tourette's while burning through it with his heart <more>
and charm is remarkable.The story divides its time between Brad's struggles in everyday life with his disorder, attempting to get the teaching position, his relationships with his family, students, and new girlfriend. The script is a bit Hallmark-heavy-handed at times, but it comes with the brand. This *is* a greeting card company, after all.The supporting cast is wonderful. Sarah Drew is every boy's crush as Brad's new girlfriend. Treat Williams is powerful and sympathetic as Brad's father. I highly recommend this film for great family viewing full of life lessons and love.
My wife told me I had to watch this movie with her because of how good it was. She was right! Front of the Class tells the inspiring story of Brad Cohen, based on the real life person. Brad played by TV actor James Wolk grows up in a broken family after his mom and dad divorce. Since his youth, Brad started making uncontrollable odd noises at random, with no ability to control them. His Mom, played wonderfully by Patricia Heaton Raymond TV series , won't take the doctor's diagnosis of basically no explanation. She digs and digs and discovers Tourette's Syndrome, a neurological <more>
disease, with no cure. With unbelievable love and patience, much like Sally Fields in Forest Gump, she supports and encourages her son to pursue his dream of becoming a teacher.Brad goes through a tough time that demonstrates the ignorance of supposedly educated human beings as he interviews over and over for jobs in the education field. He has all the credentials from his studies - he needs a break.The film nicely weaves back and forth between the young Brad dealing with people not accepting him then, versus adults not accepting him as he's an adult. I can only imagine how frustrating this must have been.The movie also weaves in a complicated father/son relationship, nicely delivered by Treat Williams, a very strong performance. The ending will have you cheering, so yes, Hallmark movies are sappy. But this one will give you a nice warm heart. It's a perfect holiday movie to pick up your spirit and give you hope for a better world.See Front of the Class - you will enjoy it!
1. Frequently in films where the same character is shown as a child and an adult, the two actors bear little resemblance to each other. In this movie, the two actors who play Brad as a child and as an adult looked remarkably alike.2. Young Brad seldom smiled, and often hung his head in sorrow/self-pity. The older Brad never quit smiling and laughing. The personality change was perhaps a bit too much? 3. Before I watched the movie, I said to myself, "A Hallmark Hall of Fame movie about an elementary teacher. Hmmm. Bet one of the cutest, most vivacious children turns out to have a fatal <more>
disease." Sure enough.Goodness, folks, the film twanged our heartstrings aplenty without THAT.