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Backwards (2012)

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When a fiercely competitive 30 year old rower fails to make the Olympic boat for the second time, she takes a coaching job at a school but struggles to adjust to life off the race course.

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Ben Hickernell

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Credited cast:
Sarah Megan Thomas ... Abi Brooks
James Van Der Beek ... Geoff
Glenn Morshower ... Coach Spriklin
Margaret Colin ... Mrs. Brooks
Wynn Everett ... Reba
Alexandra Metz ... Hannah
David Alan Basche ... Cox
Ellis Walding Ellis Walding ... Preston
Alysia Reiner ... Meghan
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Meredith Apfelbaum Meredith Apfelbaum ... Susan
Armen Badkerhanian Armen Badkerhanian ... Bartender
Brea Bee ... Giselle
Brian Cheng ... Loud Cashier
Nicole Colina Nicole Colina ... Rude Waitress
Jennette Daley Jennette Daley ... Kelsey
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When a fiercely competitive 30 year old rower fails to make the Olympic boat for the second time, she takes a coaching job at a school but struggles to adjust to life off the race course.

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Define Your Moment

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Romance | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild language

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 September 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Começar de Novo See more »

Filming Locations:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,190, 23 September 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$61,465, 7 October 2012
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13th Night Productions See more »
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Color
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An entertaining and touching sports romance
12 August 2012 | by Rebecca-S-ThomasSee all my reviews

Backwards is a charming, upbeat story with heart and substance. Whether you're a sports aficionado, a fan of romantic comedy or a devotee of James Van Der Beek, you'll find something to love. Plus, it is just so refreshing to see such a solid female cast - led by the talented Sarah Megan Thomas in her big screen debut.

Backwards is "Bend it Like Beckham" for rowing. It brings excitement and dramatic tension to the often unappreciated rigors of this sport. After watching the exquisitely filmed racing scenes I now have a much deeper appreciation of the passion and commitment rowing inspires for so many young athletes. Coming so soon after the Olympics, this film reminds us of the sacrifices behind athletic accomplishment and the rewards of true sportsmanship.

The sports theme is only one of several draws. Abi and Geoff (Thomas and Van Der Beek) have great charisma in the movie. The coaching scenes between Abi and "her girls" bring you back to high school and the relationships there formed. Some of the best scenes put in stark relief how competition can strain even the strongest of friendships - and how teamwork can overcome even major setbacks.

Do see this movie. You'll laugh and maybe you'll cry, but mostly you'll leave feeling just a little bit better about life.


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