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Forever Strong

  • Rated PG13
  • HD and SD formats available

action & adventure, comedy, drama

Sean Faris (Never Back Down), Sean Astin (Rudy), and Gary Cole (Talladega Nights) star in the story of a rugby player whose fast life lands him in jail and on the road to redemption.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

ON for kids age 11
1 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
1 out of 5
Positive messages
5 out of 5
1 out of 5
2 out of 5

Uplifting jock drama is predictable but OK for older tweens.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this bad-boy-makes-good-on-the-team drama includes scenes of alcohol- and drug-fueled partying, and consequences (one fatality) occur because of drunken driving. There is some blood in the roughhouse rugby action. A juvenile prison environment includes fistfights and references to drugs. Though the bad-boy main character reforms his errant ways, he gets persecuted by his former friends and teammates for doing so.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the appeal of rugby, AKA English football, a sport with an avid following in much of the world, but not yet predominant in the USA. Ask kids if they think the ethical code and nobility of the Highlander team here can translate just as easily to basketball, hockey, baseball, or whatever team sports they follow. The DVD extras explains more about the native New Zealand "Haka" ritual, warrior-honor, spirituality, and tribal traditions, which can be discussed in and out of sports contexts (see the family movie Whale Rider in particular for a good New Zealand Maori drama).

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: 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.

- Adam Markovitz, Entertainment Weekly, Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Fresh: The father-son relationship that bolts this rugby film together provides the textured backdrop for a sports film that engages

- Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten: Created under the vague guise of "inspirational cinema," Strong is a sloppy, soggy pile of clichs, unable to sort itself out, grow a pair of cinematic cojones, and actually try to subvert some of its rancid formula.

- Brian Orndorf,, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

3 stars

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 main character plays rugby for his high school and gets into some trouble. He is sent to juvi where he starts playing rugby for another school and turns his life around for the better, but trouble seems to follow him.

- LitelBluHli, Monday, June 8, 2009

1 star

This wasn't Rugby. I have never seen so much man hugging and man crying for a sport that declares itself as the supreme of all modern day testosterone. Aside from the Director trying to show off its actors as cry baby rugby players, the veteran actor's acting was on cue. Yet, I most definitely can't speak for these other people who are what? actors? They did a good job at crying a lot though. Maybe one day they'll become forever strong.

- rymetal, Wednesday, June 2, 2010

5 stars

I thought this was a fabulous movie that showed what believeing in someone can do. I know nothing about rugby but I still thought the story was great.

- ellesextra, Thursday, April 22, 2010