not the best of this kind of ghetto education film, but actually a pretty well done film on the whole. it’s tough to direct these because we know what’s gonig to happen and it’s kind of a cheesy idea to begin with. smith, though, does a capable job of directing it and it never gets overly hackneyed. coolio’s “gangster’s paradise” begins the film and may be the best part of the movie. it’s a perfect song in its own way and it fits the film perfectly as well. pfeiffer-fffphf does a solid job. stand and deliver is still the best film of this kind.