Backwards (2012)

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Abigail Brooks (Thomas) has spent her lifetime trying to win an Olympic rowing medal, sacrificing friendship, love, and a "normal life" along the way. When she is named an alternate on the Olympic team she quits in haste. Defeated, Abi moves back home with her widowed, workaholic mother (Margaret Colin). Tension builds as Abi's mother urges her to "move on" from the rowing life that Abi's father, a coach, introduced her to. Unable to do so, but needing an immediate job, Abi seizes an open crew coach position at her alma mater, Union High. There, the head of athletics is her old boyfriend, Geoff (James Van Der Beek). Abi trains her high school rowers in an obsessive fashion, taking two girls, Hannah (Alexandra Metz) and Susan (Meredith Apfelbaum), under her wing. After the girls lose an important regional race, Abi reinvents herself as a coach, and, in the process, learns to have fun again both on the water and off. -- (C) Official Site
Rating:
PG (for some mild language)
Genre:
Drama , Romance , Sports & Fitness
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Cast

Sarah Megan Thomas
as Abigail Brooks
Glenn Morshower
as Coach Spriklin
Margaret Colin
as Dianne Brooks
Alysia Reiner
as Meghan
Ellis Walding
as Preston
Liz Holtan
as Beth
Marceline Hugot
as Mrs. Atkinson
Alexa Salame
as Vanessa
Reema Zaman
as Ticket Agent
Kiandra Wilshire
as Coxswain
Peter Pryor
as Abi's Dad
Margo Shoenberg
as Young Abi
Nicole Colina
as Rude Waitress
Brian Cheng
as Loud Cashier
April Yvette Thompson
as Airport Worker
Brea Bee
as Giselle
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Critic Reviews for Backwards

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (11)

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Full Review… | January 21, 2013
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Passably pleasant but thoroughly predictable.

Full Review… | October 19, 2012
Variety
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A movie whose main virtue was its honesty ultimately lands in a place that feels canned and unsatisfying. But on the way there, Backwards isn't so bad.

Full Review… | September 27, 2012
San Francisco Chronicle
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The biggest problem ... is the characters who populate the film. For the most part, they're one-dimensional caricatures.

Full Review… | September 27, 2012
Washington Post
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The neatness of the plotting becomes almost comical after a while. Construction is one thing; contrivance is another.

Full Review… | September 27, 2012
Boston Globe
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Although this modest indie may not make a huge splash, it just might inspire some hearty younger viewers - especially women - to grab a set of oars and find their bliss.

Full Review… | September 20, 2012
Los Angeles Times
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Audience Reviews for Backwards

Nice enough movie. Nothing too exciting...

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

This was a very sweet movie. Even Van der Beek did a decent job of not ruining the movie for me. The end was very sappy and just perfect.

Heather Metzger
Heather Metzger

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