Forever Strong

Critic Score

29%

User Score

75%
In theaters Sep 26, 2008
PG-13, 1 hr. 49 min.

Trailer

Movie Info

Synopsis: 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
Director: Ryan Little
Rated: PG-13
Running Time: 1 hr. 49 min.
Genre: Drama
Theater Release: Sep 26, 2008
DVD Release: Jun 09, 2009

Cast

Sean Faris

Rick Penning
Gary Cole

Coach Larry Gelwix
Sean Astin

Marcus Tate
Neal McDonough

Coach Richard Pennin...
Julie Warner

Natalie Penning
Nathan West

Quentin

Critic Reviews

  • This earnest indie production comes across like formulaic fiction while taking cues (and recycling cliches) from the 'inspirational sports drama' playbook. More...
  • 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. More...
  • 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.) More...
  • 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. More...
  • 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. More...
  • 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. More...
  • American rugby is the setting for this earnest sausage party of macho posturing, bro-dacious life lessons and value-focused sportsmanship that give wayward teens the strength to rise above sinful temptations. More...
  • Though director Ryan Little puts together a clean, professional package, at bottom this is a nearly-two-hour scrum of therapeutic direct encounters. More...
  • Uplifting jock drama is predictable but OK for older tweens. More...
  • Created under the vague guise of "inspirational cinema," Strong is a sloppy, soggy pile of clichés, unable to sort itself out, grow a pair of cinematic cojones, and actually try to subvert some of its rancid formula. More...

User Reviews

  • 18/01/2012 (PS3, NETFLIX)
  • 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...
  • Cast: Gary Cole, Sean Faris, Neal McDonough, Sean Astin, Arielle Kebbel, Penn Badgley, Olesya Rulin, Julie Warner, Nathan West, Max Kasch...
  • 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...
  • 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...
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