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Film Review: ‘Won’t Back Down’ is an Agenda Disguised as a Film

28 September 2012 1:54 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – There is an interesting trend in the financing of films, actual partisan organizations are fostering their points-of-view through the movies. This is nothing new in documentaries, but now it appears in a fictional film called “Won’t Back Down,” featuring Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis.

Rating: 2.0/5.0

Walden Media partially funded the film, and they are part of the Anschutz Film Group, owned by a conservative activist named Phillip Anschutz. His goal is public school reform, and in doing so also is taking on the teacher’s unions, who are blamed in part for the poor performance of the fictional Pittsburgh school in the film. Cranky Phil might have started with a decent or even plausible script, because everything presented in “Won’t Back Down” severely tests reality. If Anschutz wants the audience on his side, make a better movie.

Jamie Fitzpatrick (Maggie Gyllenhaal) is a lower income, single mother »

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Won’T Back Down – The Review

28 September 2012 6:21 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Review by Barbara Snitzer

I don’t go to movies to be told what to think.   Even if I agree with what I’m being told is right, I am offended by the arrogance of having that decided for me.

This is a movie about kids who can’t read for adults who can’t think.  My logline for this movie would be: it’s the opposite of Stand And Deliver (stupid students and incompetent teachers) crossed with Not Without My Daughter; reduce and simmer mixture until you reach lowest common denominator.

The movie opens with the superimposed text “inspired by actual events.”  That’s quite a suspicious redundancy. My personal opinion (sic) is that all events are actual by definition, unless someone else sees them differently.  I presume this is the case as there is no prologue nor epilogue after the film to that describes the “actual events” the film inspired. »

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19 September 2012 9:23 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

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“Won’t Back Down,” which opens on Sept. 28, 2012, also stars Holly Hunter, Oscar Isaac, Rosie Perez, Ving Rhames, Emily Alyn Lind, Dante Brown, Lance Reddick, Bill Nunn, Ned Eisenberg, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Liza Colón-Zayas, Nancy Bach and Keith Flippen from director Daniel Barnz and writers Brin Hill and Daniel Barnz.

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