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Lean on Me

Lean on Me
Lean on Me
Lean on Me
  • PG-13
  • 1h 48m
  • 1989
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Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman stars as "Crazy" Joe Clark, the educator assigned as principal to New Jersey's worst high school, in this uplifting true drama. Upon his arrival at his new post, Joe Clark expels kids, fires teachers and antagonizes parents--and wins the hearts of his students--in an uncompromising quest to provide the quality education they deserve.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Inspirational drama has language, violence, drug references.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Lean on Me is based on the true story of a teacher's crusade to reform a violent high school. It has many inspiring moments, but the main character's tactics are often questionable. There's lots of swearing, including "f--k" and "s--t," as well as use of racial epithets, bullying, and humiliating language. Fights in the school result in bloody injuries to the face, and a knife and gun are shown, though they don't cause physical harm. Drug deals are seen, and there is a reference to smoking crack. A character has her shirt ripped off, but she covers her breasts with her arms. There is mention of teen pregnancy.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Positive Role Models
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:March 3, 1989
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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