"Looking Back Can Help Others Move Forward"
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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.
(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.
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.