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Won't Back Down (2012)

 -  Drama  -  28 September 2012 (USA)
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Two determined mothers­, one a teacher, look to transform their children's failing inner city school. Facing a powerful and entrenched bureaucracy, they risk everything to make a difference in the education and future of their children.

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Cody Alberts
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Two determined mothers with children who are failing in an inner city school in Pittsburgh join forces to take back the school, and turn it into a place of learning. But before they can change the school for the better, they must first battle the parents, the school board, and the teachers union. Because this is for their children, they won't back down from this enormous challenge. Written by Douglas Young (the-movie-guy)

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If you can't beat the system... change it

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Rated PG for thematic elements and language | See all certifications »

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Learning to Fly  »

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$2,603,370 (USA) (28 September 2012)

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$5,308,553 (USA) (16 November 2012)
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Jamie Fitzpatrick: I've just never been able to talk smart people into doing things before.
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Do What It Do {Anthem Remix)
Written and Performed by Kajmir Royale
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Parents want excellence for their kids
21 October 2012 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I was attracted to this movie by the power of the trailers, and the movie didn't disappoint. It is an excellent depiction of the problems in an overly regulated and protected public school system, and more importantly, how parents will fight to get a quality education for their kids.

Many of the scenes are heart breaking. Why is it that parents have to struggle to get a proper education for their kids.

Viola Davis and Maggie G. both give very powerful performances. Davis' performance is as good as her role in 'The Help'. The viewer really feels the pain she has endured personally, and how she has slipped from her early passion for teaching. Glyenhaal's energy is infectious. No problem she faced discouraged her. She was masterful in how she turned each parent and teacher 'no' into a 'yes'.


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