Forever Strong 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… Forever Strong 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… Unrated PT112M Drama Sports Gary Cole Neal McDonough Sean Astin Penn Badgley Crane Movie Company
Movie Review

Forever Strong (Fall 2008)

MPAA Rating: Unrated
Forever Strong | PLAY BALL It may look like a contact sport, but Forever Strong is just a sappy spectator flick
PLAY BALL It may look like a contact sport, but Forever Strong is just a sappy spectator flick
EW's GRADE
C+

Details Rated: Unrated; Length: 112 Minutes; Genres: Drama, Sports; With: Gary Cole and Neal McDonough; Distributor: Crane Movie Company

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+

Originally posted Sep 24, 2008 Published in issue #1014 Oct 03, 2008 Order article reprints