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A talented but troubled high-school rugby star gets a second shot at redemption after being sentenced to serve time in a Salt Lake City boys' home and landing a coveted spot on the famed Highland High School rugby team in this inspirational sports drama from director Ryan Little (Saints and Soldiers, Everything You Want). Rick Penning (Sean Faris ) was the star player on his Arizona rugby team until his life took a turn for the worse. Now, after a fateful brush with the law, Rick finds himself out of the spotlight and forced to ponder the consequences of his actions in a Salt Lake City juvenile detention center. As fate would have it, however, Salt Lake's famed Highland High rugby team could use a player like Rick. With a little help from coach Larry Gelwix (Gary Cole), Rick may even be able to lead the Highland High team to the national championships. When Rick discovers that the team they'll be competing against is none other than his old team from Arizona, which is coached by his father, Richard Penning (Neal McDonough), the deciding game takes on a newfound sense of gravity in the eyes of the ambitious young athlete. Arielle Kebbel and Sean Astin co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
It's a pretty decent film. There's a lot of cliches and the classic father-son relationship issue that we all see in sports films, but it wasn't too bad.
Rick Penning had a pretty bad attitude for most of the film, but somehow I managed to like his character near the end. I like to see characters develop into a completely different one, and he definitely did. I felt like the video was sort of rushed. I didn't really get a good background on Rick until after the car accident. It was okay though.
Cast: Gary Cole, Sean Faris, Neal McDonough, Sean Astin, Arielle Kebbel, Penn Badgley, Olesya Rulin, Julie Warner, Nathan West, Max Kasch
Director: Ryan Little
Summary: Rick (Sean Faris) is a star player on his dad's rugby team until a DUI lands him in a reformatory. While he's serving his sentence, tough rival coach Larry Gelwix (Gary Cole) allows him to play for his team, which helps Rick straighten up his act. Upon his release, however, Rick becomes a pariah to his former teammates and even his father when he refuses to divulge Gelwix's strategies.
My Thoughts: "I am a complete sports film nerd. I love them, and probably rate them higher then what they actually deserve to a non-sports loving person. But I really enjoyed this one, and it's always better when the film is based on true events. It has good acting, an inspiring story, and a lot of heart. I am even more impressed that their is a coach out there like this. Coach Gelwix has some really great quotes in the film like, "I'm more interested in turning out champion boys than champion teams", and "I want you to be forever strong on the field so you will be forever strong off it". Other coaches should take note.
Sean Faris is really good in the film. He goes through the motions like a pro. Rugby is a tough sport, kudos to those who play it. Great sports flick, see it if you like them, skip it if you don't. But it's a good story either way."
January 13, 2010
During the trailer, I was like: no no no no no no no! But during the movie I was like: yes yes yes yes yes yes! This was actually a really good sports drama!
My neices are in love with these young boys, so they made me watch it with them. I have to say it was a pretty decent movie, a little touching. The main character plays rugby for his high school and gets into some trouble. He is sent to juvi where he starts playing rugby for another school and turns his life around for the better, but trouble seems to follow him.
[color=green]Film za ljubitelje ragbija i prave mu?karce, jer kako se u ovom filmu tvrdi fudbal je za seka-perse, a ragbi za prave mu?karce...
Jedan od mnogobrojnih filmova sa pozitivnom porukom u razvoju omladine preko sporta (film je snimljen po istinitom događaju). Rick Penning je dobar igrač ali bez discipline, u stvari vi?e voli da sa dru?tvom popije nego da po?teno trenira... dok se ne dogodi nesreća... i on zavr?i u zatvoru, gde se sve menja.
Odluka da li da prihvati novi način ?ivota bez la?i i uvek najnapornijeg treninga ili da se vrati na staro, bez obaveza i napredka.
Done?ena odluka iznenađuje sve, posebno njegovog oca.
U ovom filmu će u?ivati posebno starija generacija tinejd?era, ali i roditelji uvek mogu naći izgovor da ga pogledaju. Poruka filma je vera u bolje pojedince kao deo dru?tva, ?to svima nama, na kom bilom kraju sveta da smo, uvek treba!
Na?alost zbog pomalo klimave re?ije Ryan Little-a, i malo klimavijeg scenarija i glume (Gary Cole, Sean Faris, Arielle Kebbel, Julie Warner) ? za bioskopsko gledanje 5/10. Ali nije lo?e pogledati ovaj film na DVD-ju sa dru?tvom![/color]
The critics may have hated "Forever Strong," but I found it to be a moving sports drama that explores an important theme that has often been left out - the effect of strong moral behavior on a team's success. Coach Larry Gelwix has accomplished incredible feats as a result of his strong code of ethics and I'm thankful that his story has become accessible through this film. Who knew that there was more to Gary Cole than "Office Space"? He was fantastic, giving a very heartfelt performance. I loved all of the Christian values that his character had, and belief that rugby is not about building a strong team, but about building men that are strong in character. I was also really buying into Sean Astin's performance. I like that this film showed underage drinking and drugs in a negative light, as most films glamourize it and add to our country's moral downfall. Although I found much of Sean Faris' acting to be overdramatic or over the top, his character had a nice transformation (in spite of his acting) and I could truly feel the change of heart by the end of the film. Neal McDonough was also pretty hit or miss, creating the emotional climax of the film with that one tear, but also feeling WAY overacted in the first half of the movie. "Forever Strong" is a film that can be enjoyed by families, and teach a lot, too. With intense rugby action enhanced by great cinematography and a story that you desperately want to resolve the right way, this success story of Larry Gelwix's morally driven coaching style will leave you satisfied.
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