Friday, February 8, 2013

Won’t Back Down 2012

     A teacher and a mother are determined to change the path of their children’s failing inner city school.  This is the future of their children and they step up against a powerful and entrenched bureaucracy.  Single mother Jamie’s daughter has a learning disability, she’s having difficulty with her under performing teacher and Jamie tries to get her transferred to Nona Alberts’ class.  The Principal says this cannot be done and Malia will need to stay where she is.  Jamie convinces Nona that they can do something together about changing this school.
     This film is “inspired by actual events” but some of the depictions may not be true and are used in a way to bring the story along.  Since this is completely about a large problem in America, shouldn’t it be true along the way?  I thought this was good until I learned that the simple phrase “inspired by actual events” can be stretched out of proportion and some of the scenes probably didn’t happen.  That puts a real damper on the idea of what all the parents and teachers were trying to accomplish in this film.  I was really hoping that two people would be able to fight and turn around a school and a community!!  3* (This movie is OK)

121 min, Drama directed by Daniel Barnz with Maggie Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Holly Hunter, Rosie Perez, Ving Rhames, Oscar Isaac, Emily Alyn Lind, Dante Brown. 

Note:  Blockbuster 2 ½*, imdb 5.7 out of 10, 33% critic 61% audience on Rotten Tomatoes.

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