BACKWARDS Add To My Top 10

Looking Back Can Help Others Move Forward

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Release Date: September 21, 2012

Starring: James van der Beek, Glenn Morshower, Sarah Megan Thomas, Margaret Colin

Genre: Drama

Audience: Older children to adults

Rating: PG

Runtime: 90 minutes

Address Comments To:

Bob Myerson and MJ Peckos
Dada Films
8322 Beverly Blvd., 3d Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90069
Phone: (323) 655-9300

Content:

(BB, C, LL, A, M) Strong moral worldview, with light redemptive content of self-sacrifice; 13 obscenities (three “s” words) and light profanities; no violence; no sex; no nudity; one scene of casual wine drinking where the lead character’s male suitor jokingly says “I’m cutting you off” when she says something silly while drinking a glass of wine; no smoking or drug content; and, female lead has a disrespectful attitude toward her mother in a couple brief dialogue lines but they soon reconcile and respect one another.

Summary:

BACKWARDS is a pleasant but bland drama about a woman approaching 30 who loses a spot on the U.S. Olympic rowing team and gets a fulfilling teaching job from her old boyfriend, but has to make a big decision when her old coach offers her another Olympic position. BACKWARDS has brief, light foul language and some good things to say, but it lacks enough tension to make it truly compelling.

Review:

BACKWARDS is a pleasant but bland drama with a strong moral worldview and a positive message of self-sacrifice for the good of others. It’s refreshingly free of most immoral elements.

The story follows Abi, a woman approaching 30 as she loses a spot on the U.S. Olympic rowing team. Now adrift with her life, Abi moves back home into her mom’s house. She appears to have no clear direction until she runs into her old boyfriend Geoff (van der Beek), who hires her to be the rowing coach at a girls’ school where he works.

Abi takes the job and starts teaching her girls valuable life lessons on character and hard work while dating Geoff again. Their relationship is shown as wholesome and chaste.

When Abi’s old coach comes back and offers her a spot on the Olympic team, she has to decide whether to jump at the opportunity or stay loyal to her students and boyfriend.

BACKWARDS is an impressively moral, wholesome movie that stresses the qualities of hard work, teamwork and self-sacrifice for a greater good. Sarah Megan Thomas not only stars but wrote the screenplay based on her own past experiences. While she and the other cast members are solid actors and the movie has several positive messages, it doesn’t have enough tension to make it truly compelling. Similar to THE MIGHTY MACS in that regard, BACKWARDS has only some brief, mostly light foul language and some good things to say, but it isn’t very entertaining.

In Brief:

BACKWARDS is a pleasant but bland drama. The story follows Abi, a woman nearing 30 who loses a spot on the U.S. Olympic rowing team. Abi moves back into her mother’s house. She has no clear direction until she runs into her old boyfriend, Geoff. He hires her to be the rowing coach at a girls’ school where he works. Abi starts teaching the girls valuable life lessons on character and hard work while dating Geoff. Their relationship is wholesome and chaste. Abi’s old coach offers her a spot on the Olympic team. Now, Abi must decide whether seize the opportunity or stay loyal to her students and boyfriend.

BACKWARDS has a wholesome, positive worldview. It stresses hard work, teamwork and self-sacrifice for a greater good. Sarah Megan Thomas stars and wrote the screenplay based on her own experiences. She and her cast are solid actors. However, their movie doesn’t have enough tension to make it truly compelling. Similar to THE MIGHTY MACS in that way, BACKWARDS has brief, light foul language and some good things to say, but isn’t very entertaining.