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Holiday Movie – Front of the Class

Posted on: December 4, 2015

Watched this inspiring movie “Front of the Class” (in Chinese, it’s translated to be 《叫我第一名》) with my girls last night.

Front of the Class (2008) TV Movie Directed by Peter Werner Shown: poster art

Here is a synopsis of the movie:

As a child with Tourette syndrome, Brad Cohen was ridiculed, beaten, mocked, and shunned. Children, teachers, and even family members found it difficult to be around him. As a teen, he was viewed by many as purposefully misbehaving, even though he had little power over the twitches and noises he produced, especially under stress. Even today, Brad is sometimes ejected from movie theaters and restaurants.

But Brad Cohen’s story is not one of self-pity. His unwavering determination and fiercely positive attitude conquered the difficulties he faced in school, in college, and while job hunting. Brad never stopped striving, and after twenty-four interviews, he landed his dream job: teaching grade school and nurturing all of his students as a positive, encouraging role model.

There are a lot to be learnt from this movie, beside knowing what Tourette syndrome is (Tourette syndrome is a neurological disorder characterized by repetitive, stereotyped, involuntary movements and vocalizations called tics). For example, like when he told the policeman he wanted to become a teacher, “I got that look a lot, but I never let it get to me,“. The scene where he was asked to get out of his class for making those noises, and how the principal taught him a good lesson about ‘What’s a school is for? – To educate‘. And I can see how moved my girls are by the determination Brad Cohen showed in pursuing his dream. And for me, respect the mother, who never gave up on Brad, looking up medical books to prove to the doctors that they were wrong. The scene where she brought Brad to the so call ‘support group’ meeting, how she apologized to her son, and Brad replied, “I don’t want to forget this, Mom. Those people lets Tourette’s win. I’m never gonna do that.”  …… and so many more.

And only at the end of the movie, we learn that this is a fact-based true story. A real Brad Cohen’s story. We are touched.


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