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Lean on Me Review

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Asked to return to principle a school from which he had been fired, an unorthodox teacher takes matters into his own hands with a controversial - but effective - mode of discipline.

★★★★★

Morgan Freeman is headmaster Joe Clark in this moral drama based on the true story of the man who joined East-side High to sort out the drug-run school, and made the cover of Time(ital) magazine in the process.

Despite wielding a baseball bat at some of his less eager pupils, Freeman still manages to portray Clark as a caring kinda guy, and it’s his performance that saves the film from overdosing on saccharine sentimentality.

An unsatisfying conclusion, but an inspirational story deftly handled by Freeman.