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Won't Back Down
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Oscar® Nominees Maggie Gyllenhaal (2009, Supporting Actress, "Crazy Heart") and Viola Davis (2011, Actress, "The Help") lead a stellar cast in this empowering drama inspired by actual events. Hard-working single mom Jamie Fitzpatrick (Gyllenhaal) is concerned that John Adams Elementary is letting her daughter down. Teaming with a caring teacher (Davis) who wants the best future for her own son, she sets out to improve attitudes and elevate the school’s academic standards. Despite the odds, with courage, hope and persistence, the women just might prevail in this uplifting film that also stars Rosie Perez and Academy Award® Winner Holly Hunter (1993, Actress, "The Piano") .
Maggie Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Oscar Isaac, Rosie Perez, Holly Hunter, Kevin Jiggetts, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Bill Nunn, Teri Clark Linden, Patricia Cray, Julius Tennon, Becky Meister, Elisa Perry, Rick Applegate, Ivanna Eubanks, Gabrielle McClinton, Ted Russell, Sara Lindsey, Lance Reddick, Kyler Norton, Stephen Weigand, Keith Flippen, Jennifer Massey, Franklin Ojeda Smith, Reavis Graham, Rebecca Harris, Paige Nelson, Kurt Yue, Juan Veza, Carmella Gioio, Dionne Audain, Jane Mowder, Richard Barlow, Landri Shannan, Toni Romano, Sue Jin Song, Jack Walz
© 2012 Walden Media, LLC. All rights reserved.
Rotten Tomatoes® Score
Critics Consensus: Despite the best efforts of its talented leads, Won't Back Down fails to lend sufficient dramatic heft or sophistication to the hot-button issue of education reform.
New York Magazine/Vulture
It mixes attempts at realism and grit with transparently Hollywoodized good guys-vs.-bad guys soci...
June 22, 2017
Won't Back Down doesn't wholly make the grade.
June 22, 2017
Americans desperately need to have some difficult conversations about the state of public educatio...
June 22, 2017
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Common Sense Says
Inspiring tale of a mom's quest to better her kid's school.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Won't Back Down, which is based on actual events, follows a mother's journey to turn her daughter's failing elementary school around. There's some insulting language ("idiot," "retard," as well as "ass") and bullying -- a teacher does nothing as a student rips another student's backpack, and the same teacher purposely keeps a kid from leaving class to use the bathroom. Jamie, the protagonist mom, wears tight clothes and flirts with pretty much everyone -- culminating in a romantic relationship with a teacher at her child's school. Adults drink at a bar and restaurant, but there's no drunkenness. Parents and kids will be reminded of the difference that just one or two people can make in a community.
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- Release Date:September 28, 2012
- Highest Available for Purchase:HD