Documentaries, Biopics, and Reality Television
Chapter 4. “I See the Same F—ing Movies You Do, Man”: An Analysis of Three Biopics about Teachers
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“I SEE THE SAME F—ING MOVIES YOU DO, MAN”
An Analysis of Three Biopics about Teachers
The title for this chapter comes from a line from the 1995 movie Dangerous Minds (DM; Smith), a biopic based on the 1992 teacher memoir My Posse Don’t Do Homework (MPDDH; Johnson). In the memoir and film, ex-Marine LouAnne Johnson takes a job at Parkmont High School in Southern California where she faces a challenging group of students. In the particular scene that serves as the basis for this chapter’s title, Johnson has just discovered several of her students in a fight—a fight that was a continuation of an earlier one she believed she had diffused. She learns that rather than having prevented a future fight, she had only postponed it.
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