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Won’t Back Down (2012)

Won’t Back Down is a drama about a mother joining forces with some teachers to take on the educational system in order to get better education for her children.

Inner city schools are generally crap. There are a lot of reasons for this, but I don’t feel like making this a political blog, so I won’t go into why that is. Needless to say, in many places there does need to be a change.

One of the problems with making any changes is the entrenched bureaucracy, and two mothers who want better opportunities for their kids decide to come together to take on the system.

The most pretentious line from the trailer comes from Maggie Gyllenhaal, who says, “You know those mothers who lift one ton cars off their kids? They’ve got nothing on me.”

Those mothers also have nothing on Superman. What’s your point?

Won’t Back Down

Won’t Back Down comes from director Daniel Barnz, who directed such cinematic feats as Beastly and Phoebe in Wonderland. And you all thought I was a retarded monkey when I said that Beastly was really a deep and wonderous drama about the beauty of the educational system. This is really a sequel!! I NEW IT!

Brin Hill cowrote the screenplay with Barnz. Hill wrote and directed Ball Don’t Lie, which I’ve never heard of, so screw him.

Won’t Back Down Trailer

Don’t Back Down Release Date

September 28, 2012.


Who’s In It?

 Ving Rhames … Principal Thompson
  Maggie Gyllenhaal
  Holly Hunter
  Viola Davis … Nona Alberts
  Oscar Isaac … Michael Raymond
  Lance Reddick
  Rosie Perez
  Emily Alyn Lind … Malia
  Marianne Jean-Baptiste … Olivia Lopez
  Bill Nunn … Principal Holland
  Sara Lindsey … Bethany Mills
  Ned Eisenberg … Gould
  Liza Colón-Zayas … Yvonne
  John W. Iwanonkiw … Adams teacher
  Jennifer Massey … Valerie Bathgate
  Franklin Ojeda Smith … Mr. King
  Phil Nardozzi … Adam’s Teacher
  Sarab Kamoo … Principal Chamudes
  Teri Clark … Miss Andrews
  Stephen Weigand … Riske’s Assistant
  Joe Coyle … Clay Bathgate
  Rebecca Harris … Gretchen Southwick
  Jack Walz … Student
  Dante Brown … Cody

What’s Good About It?

On occasion, films about the problems of the educational system are quite uplifting. Stand By Me, Sister Act 2, the list goes on and on.

What’s Bad About It?

Maggie Gyllenhaal annoys the shit out of me sometimes. I was on Batman’s side through the first big chunk of The Dark Knight, but then the Joker killed Maggie Gyllenhaal. My new HERO!

Our Clever Prediction

I don’t expect Don’t back Down to make much money, but the cast is pretty good, with Viola Davis and Ving Rhames, and like I said, there have been good films about bad schools. Um… The Substitute anyone?