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Just in time to capitalize on Olympic fever comes the rowing movie starring James Van Der Beek that you had no idea you wanted (or, most likely, that you also had no idea even existed). In Backwards, Van Der Beek (Der Beek? Beek? Mr. Beek? Da Beek?) plays second fiddle to relative newcomer Sarah Megan Thomas as Abi Brooks, a world-class rower who has worked her entire life to competing (and winning) in the Olympics. Yeah, that doesn’t work out so much – booted from her team, Abi ends up back at her old high school, coaching the crew team, and kicking it with her ex (Van Der Beek, cast as the head of athletics at their alma mater). If you can’t imagine some of the conflicts that will arise in Ben Hickernell‘s film, you’ve probably never watched a movie about sports stars trying to reinvent themselves before, and »

- Kate Erbland

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