Friday, June 19, 2009

Forever Strong


This was a great feel good movie about sports, character, and becoming a man. Forever Strong tells a story from the Highland High rugby team, the winningest high school rugby team in the country. The story, based on true events, is heartfelt, the action is thrilling, and the the moral lessons are needed.

The story centers around Rich Penning (Sean Faris), a troubled teen whose father coaches rugby in Arizona. AS a consequence of another DUI, Penning is sent to a juvenile detention center in Salt Lake City, UT. Eventually, he finds himself on the on the Highland High rugby team, rivals to his father's AZ team. Coach Gelwix (Gary Cole) teaches his players how to be champions in life, not just in rugby.

If you enjoyed Remember the Titans, Miracle, and Rudy, then you will also love Forever Strong. Maybe I am biased, because I am also a high school coach with a very similar coaching philosophy as Gelwix (although I think he executes it better than I do). It was great. The movie is PG-13 for some thematic elements including drug abuse and alcohol.


Anonymous said...

This movie was truly amazing. I don't love sports movies, but I really did love this one.

Coach Rockwood said...

You just loved watching that Sean Faris guy. Didn't you?

Anonymous said...

haha, he wasn't hard to look at! lol. no but i think the message was awesome and you can clearly tell that the messages and lessons that the coach taught were LDS-based... it was refreshing to see that in a movie. Really great.