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.
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Rugby is an exotic sport in the United States where its rarity can be molded to fit the needs of almost any parable. New Zealanders familiar with the rucking and post-match debauchery of First XV munters will find the saintly aura affixed to our national code in Forever Strong somewhat disconcerting.
This is a two-toned inspirational sports film, in which characters are either models of abstinence, sobriety, charity work and fair play, or Quaalude-scoffing psychopathic cheats. For an indie-budget production the rugby scenes are on par with a bottom-of-the-table provincial match, but despite the simplifications this morality tale should play well with parents.... More
This is easily the best film about rugby I’ve caught on the big screen. That's because flicks about rugby are rarer than midget locks – making this the only film about rugby I’ve seen.Hide
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I would have rated 3.5/5 stars, but I bumped it up because my friend was on the team. Hey, I can show a little favoritism, can't I?Hide
This is a movie I enjoy, though I do... More see it's flaws. Yes the rugby scenes might be compared to our provincial games, but remember this is High School rugby, in a country who only have a small pool for competition.Hide
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