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 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.
September 28, 2012.
Ving Rhames … Principal Thompson
Viola Davis … Nona Alberts
Oscar Isaac … Michael Raymond
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
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.
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!
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?
BERENGER AT HIS BEST!