Forever Strong (2008)

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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 … More

Rating: PG-13 (for thematic material involving teen drug and alcohol use, and for some disturbing images)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: David Pliler
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 9, 2009
Box Office: $0.5M
Runtime:
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Cast


as Rick Penning

as Marcus Tate

as Coach Larry Gelwix

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as Natalie Penning

as Quentin

as Griggs

as Sanchez

as Coach Cal

as Bingham

as Cathy Gelwix

as Cathy Gelwix

as Emily's Friend

as Judge Alvarez

as Defense Attorney

as Max Griffin

as Colton Mcdonald

as Radio Commentator

as Radio Commentator

as Samantha Tate

as Highland Player #1

as Scotland Player

as Renee Tate

as Field Referee #1

as Field Referee #2

as Field Referee #3

as Field Referee #4

as Field Referee #5

as Field Referee #6

as Athletic Trainer

as Sports Reporter #1

as Sports Reporter #2

as Young Mother

as Flagstaff Hooker

as Flagstaff Assistant

as Police Officer

as Marty's Girlfriend

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Critic Reviews for Forever Strong

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (11)

This earnest indie production comes across like formulaic fiction while taking cues (and recycling cliches) from the 'inspirational sports drama' playbook.

Full Review… | September 29, 2008
Variety
Top Critic

It's definitely possible to make artful message movies -- just consider the filmography of ex-Mormon iconoclast Richard Dutcher -- but Forever Strong is generic faith-and-redemption fare, devoid of nuance.

Full Review… | September 26, 2008
AV Club
Top Critic

As directed by Ryan Little and written by David Pliler, Forever Strong dredges up every sports movie cliché and stereotype ever invented. (Cue the slow-mo in the rain.)

Full Review… | September 26, 2008
New York Post
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 26, 2008
Los Angeles Times
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The whole package here is warmed-over mush from a hundred other sports movies, a tale padded out with game footage, training sequences, absurd coincidences, life lessons that teach nothing and wasted casting.

Full Review… | September 24, 2008
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Shares the secret sin of many a pigskin pic: Despite all the macho posturing, the corny story is just as sappy as anything on Lifetime.

Full Review… | September 24, 2008
Entertainment Weekly
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Audience Reviews for Forever Strong

½

18/01/2012 (PS3, NETFLIX)

EightThirty
EightThirty .

Super Reviewer

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.

I'd most likely watch it again. :)

Japes
Japes .

Super Reviewer

½

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."

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