Forever Strong

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Released 2008

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Director:
Ryan Little
Released:
2008
Rating:
PG-13
Forever Strong is a dramatic sports film directed by Ryan Little based on a compilation of true stories that centers on Rick Penning (Sean Faris), a physically talented young high school rugby player whose troubled attitude leads him to lose his star position for an Arizona team when he is sent to a Juvenile Detention Center. When he is recruited to join his rival team, the Highland Rugby, Rick has to decide whether or not he can handle the rather grueling and demanding training schedule and rules of the Highlands, led by Coach Larry Gelwix (Gary Cole), or if he'd rather finish his time in jail. Struggling with his hard head and the initial resistance of his former rivals-now new teammates, Rick begins the slow growth to becoming the man he could be, even as he faces the pressure of betraying the Highlands to his former team, led by his own father Richard Penning (Neal McDonough). Forever Strong is an inspiring film taking a deeper look into what keeps a person strong both on and off the field.moreless

Metacritic Score

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times

    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.

  • 50

    Variety Joe Leydon

    The performances are credible across the board, excessive sentimentality is largely avoided, and the sequences devoted to rough-and-tumble rugby match-ups are expertly shot and edi...

  • 20

    The New York Times Jeannette Catsoulis

    A mawkish drama hobbled by a thoroughly unpleasant and uncharismatic lead performance.

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