• PG-13, 1 hr. 49 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Ryan Little
    In Theaters:
    Sep 26, 2008 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jun 9, 2009
  • Crane Movie Company

Critic Review - Variety

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

September 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety | Comments (2)
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Ra Puriri

Here's what is conveniently left out of "Forever Strong"

In 2008, (6) amazing import rugby players from New Zealand played on the Highland Rugby squad, while local boys sat on the bench. Played for two months, won a national championship and then were quietly sent home. As were their rugby brothers every year for the past 14 years.

Conveniently on purpose, left out because the high moral story then becomes clouded in issues related to why HR recruits players from NZ every year.

Highland uses the Maori Haka, Kia Kaha and and the national sport of NZ yet fails to acknowledge the critical annual contribution of the boys from the land of the long white cloud.

Pretend students kicked out of the Utah public school system in 2005.

Now there is a great story !!!!

A movie about:
the New England Patriots without Tom Brady
The Green Bay Packers without Brett Farr
The Tour de France without mentioning Lance Armstrong
then go and see Forever Strong.
Not one word of dialog, a scene or reference to the phantom players from New Zealand.
Used and forgotten.
There is a picture in the credits
Sorry .....kiwi boys for not giving you a role in the movie
But ....see you next season

Religion saves the main character in the movie, but where is the religion in leaving out the most important element of this so called true story.

What would Jesus do?

So much for building character....but HR got the WINS?

I guess the end justifies the means.

Read the facts for yourself ...

Oct 2 - 02:01 PM


Carlen Wirth

"taking cues (and recycling cliches) from the 'inspirational sports drama' playbook."


Jan 13 - 08:42 PM

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