Adam Markovitz
September 24, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Forever Strong

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
112 minutes
performer
Gary Cole, Neal McDonough, Sean Astin, Penn Badgley
director
Ryan Little
distributor
Crane Movie Company
author
David Pliler
genre
Sports, Drama

We gave it an C+

Hoping to reduce his sentence in juvie for a DUI, a hot-tempered high school rugby star (Faris) agrees to lace up for his warden’s old team. Like Varsity Blues and Friday Night Lights, the movie tackles its sport with a religious fervor that treats the field like a church, the coach a prophet, and the inevitable playoff match a sacrament. But Forever Strong, based on real-life events, also shares the secret sin of many a pigskin pic: Despite all the macho posturing, the corny story is just as sappy as anything on Lifetime. C+

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