A man with Tourette Syndrome (TS) proves that he can achieve his dreams despite his disability.
Based on a true story, Brad Cohen (Jimmy Wolk) was suffering with tics, unusual noises since he was six years old. He was bullied in school, and oftentimes caught his teacher’s attention during class which caused him to be summoned in the principal’s office. Sadly, his father thought that Brad only wanted attention (Brad’s parents were divorced). His mother noticed that his son can’t really control his movement so because of her determination, she did her own research and found out that he might have a tourette syndrome, which was confirmed soon after.
When Brad reached middle school, he thought that things would be different because of the new environment, but he was wrong – he was still bullied. Until one day, the principal forced him to attend the music rehearsal. After the rehearsal, he was asked to explain about his condition and asked them that he wanted to be treated like everybody else.
Brad wanted to become a teacher. His father doubted, but his mother and younger supported him. Because of his urge to reach his dreams, he was able to find a school that’s for him (when he transferred in Atlanta).
He was able to get along with his young students and proved that he can be a teacher just like other normal educator. Brad Cohen was awarded Georgia’s First Class Teacher of the Year.
I can truly say that this is an inspirational movie. People with disabilities tend to lose hope and get rid of their dreams because they believe that they can’t achieve it. Which is wrong. They just need to be supported by the people around them, or the people they would be dealing with, and of course, motivation from themselves that they can do it. Just like the comparison Brad Cohen had said:
“Children look at life differently than most adults. They see the world and say, I will. Not, I can’t” (Cohen)
As for the lead actor, Jimmy Wolk:
He did a great job (also considering his look :”>). He’s the second person (excluding the young Brad) I was able to watch portraying a character with TS. And he’s better than the first actor I saw.
The young Brad, Dominic Scott Kay:
He also did well. It came naturally and I really admired it. Plus his looks :”>
More of Front of the Class here 🙂
More of Brad Cohen here 🙂