- 1 hr 55 min
Charles Winkler is the director of this film about a teacher who is willing to take a job that most would refuse. D.L. Hughley plays Ben Cross, who decides to take on the job of teacher. However, the school is set inside a prison. Ben Cross is trying to do something good with his life by being a teacher who makes a difference. Having a past of his own, he tries to change the lives of young men from utter darkness to a life of hope. He uses a poetry slam contest as a way to intrigue the young men to join in the school. Time is ticking to get enrollment up, and they must reach 85 students to avoid ending the program. There are many who don't want the program to succeed. The protesters are loud and will do whatever it takes to close the school. Some characters resent law breakers receiving free education while they themselves must struggle financially to cover their education. Cross eventually is put in the spot of defending inmates against the abuse of guards. This puts him in an even more difficult position and gets him abused a little himself. One of the prisoners, Garcia stands out and would be a great candidate as a finalist in the competition. Unfortunately, a scuffle Garcia causes keeps him on the warden's bad side. If the prisoner can't go to the competition, then Cross suggests that the competition come to the prison. The warden and other school officials like the idea. The media are also invited to the competition. The prison scenes are dark and intense. This drama is rated R, which means it is for a mature audience only. The running time is one hour and fifty-five minutes.