Forever Strong

Forever Strong

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Rick Penning (Sean Faris) is a bad-boy rugby player. When life on the edge lands him in jail, prison ward Marcus Tate (Sean Astin, Lord of the Rings) offers him a chance to get back into the game by playing for long-time rival team, Highland Rugby. Reluctantly, Rick joins the team where he has to adopt gruelling training schedules and a unique code of conduct that Highland's legendary coach Larry Gelwix (Gary Cole) demands. Gelwix is a real guy and the film is based on his coaching philosophies.

2008Rating: M, contains drug use112 minsUSA
DramaSport
Director:
Ryan Little ('House of Fears', 'Outlaw Trail: The Treasure of Butch Cassidy')
Writer:
David Pliler
Cast:
Sean AstinGary ColeSean FarisPenn BadgleyJulie WarnerArielle Kebbel

Forever Strong | Reviews

29%21 reviews

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Variety

Variety

The performances are credible across the board, excessive sentimentality is largely avoided, and the sequences devoted to rough-and-tumble rugby match-ups are expertly shot and edited.

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Urban Cinefile

Urban Cinefile

In the end, the film becomes emotionally gripping with its interest in the human condition - a universal exploration through specifics. Male aggression - when properly channelled - doesn't have to be destructive.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

A mawkish drama hobbled by a thoroughly unpleasant and uncharismatic lead performance.

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Newshub

Newshub

You’ve probably seen this story a million times before and there is no need to see this one.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

The movie is well shot and edited, the rugby scenes are enjoyable (if likely puzzling to the uninitiated) and "Strong's" earnestness excuses at least some of its predictability.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

This inspirational sports drama unfolds in such generic fashion that it feels contrived more often than it rings true.

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