Stand and Deliver

     As it turns out, “Stand And Delivier”, a hit movie that takes place in East L.A. during the 1980’s, still makes a splash today. Jaime Escalante, played by Edward James Olmos, is a fresh new math teacher in a high school, which seems to be full of troubled youth, including Tito, (played by Mark Eliot) and Pancho (played by Will Gotay).

     In East L.A., there’s Garfield High School. Teachers lost all hope in their students and in themselves by trying to teach their students. The students have an elementary education and don’t care much for challenging themselves. In high school, including this one, you always have drama. Whether you want to see Tito fight or Pancho argue with his girlfriend, in “Stand and Deliver”, you see it all. Mr. Escalante finds a way to attempt to teach these kids math, starting from fractions to algebra, and soon up to calculus. But when Escalante pushes the A.P. test on his students, will it be too much and they’ll push it away?

     The acting in this film was, in my opinion, surperb. The actions and reactions between the students and teachers were very realistic and ideal. They’re dramatic and attention-grabbing, but it’s still believable and convincing. When Mr. Escalante first enters the class, the tension and indifference is very believable and makes you think that’s how a situation like that would fall.

      The setting was also superior. It really gave you the rough, edgy, run-down L.A. feel that they were trying to portray. With the actors’ correspondence to the scene, it really brought out the attitude and overall picture of the movie’s theme. The walls along the street, filled with graffiti, are prime examples of the scenery. Even now, Garfield High School and the East L.A. area is one of those ugly situations by itself, but with proper correspondence, it works, as portrayed in this film.

     I am a big fan of “Stand and Deliver.” It’s the ultimate under-dog story. The film is one of the best movies out with a positive message. ‘Stand and Deliver” is the epitome of the famous quote “Just because something is difficult doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try, it means you should try harder,” and I would definately reccomend this to high school and junior high students, but I’d be cautious to elementary children, form third to fourth grade, simply due to some mature content.    

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