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Backwards (2012)

James Van Der Beek , Glenn Morshower , Ben Hickernell  |  PG |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: James Van Der Beek, Glenn Morshower, Sarah Megan Thomas
  • Directors: Ben Hickernell
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Phase 4 Films
  • DVD Release Date: December 11, 2012
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0096PBD2O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,676 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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About the Actor

James Van Der Beek star of Dawsons Creek, and the hit show Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23.

Product Description

When a fiercely competitive 30 year old rower fails to make the Olympic team 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!! December 9, 2012
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Loved it!! This was one of the best sports movies i have ever seen.
A great family movie with such a wonderful inspirational message!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming, touching film for the entire family October 28, 2012
By Shannon
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. I found it 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 for 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!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Done! December 10, 2012
By lalady
One of the most entertaining films I have seen in a long time. Very beautiful story and is very sweet to watch. Acting was divine.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Family Entertainment December 13, 2012
Backwards is a wonderful film with an important message for teenagers and young adults. As a mother of two daughters, I appreciated the story of a young woman whose loss of her Olympic dreams sends her into despair; but life turns around in unexpected ways and she learns the values of optimism and perseverance. The cinematography is gorgeous, especially the rowing scenes. It's also terrific to see a movie about a young couple falling in love that doesn't have gratuitous nudity or sex.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a fine movie August 25, 2013
He is a hunk. She is adorable. Great story. Perfect movie to watch with your kids loved the scenery and the competitive races and training. Wonderful actors
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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This movie is extraordinarily enjoyable, because everyone in it is believable. Sarah Megan Thomas is wonderful, and James Van der Beek has finally made me believe he can act. He is so understated and powerful at the same time. Glenn Morshower is strong, and the young ladies who play the champion rowers, Hannah and Susan, are fantastic as rowers, and teenage girls. The story line is enjoyable and has the right twists, and despite any heart-break along the way, the feel good ending is feels great even if it seems predictable...
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars EAT, SLEEP, ROW January 27, 2013
Abi Brooks (Sarah Megan Thomas) has been trying out for the Olympics all of her adult life. At age 30, she has been selected as an alternate...again. She decides not to be the alternate and quits, returning to her upscale home in the Philadelphia suburbs. She lands a job at a private school as a rowing instructor from her ex-boyfriend Geoff (James Van Der Beek). She supposedly has trouble adjusting, but it look like she did just fine.

Abi bonds with her students and prepares them for an upcoming match when she suddenly gets a chance to be in the Olympics as a starter. She wants to leave for the Olympics, something that would be a major selling point for the school, but the movie makes her out to be a selfish individual who would rather piddle around as a once in a lifetime Olympic athlete instead of teaching rowing in high school.

Sarah Megan Thomas was all wrong for the part, lacking muscle tone and visible upper body strength. This is a movie to show your kids to let them know how much they ruined your life and dreams, so they better appreciate it.

It is supposed to be a feel good film, perhaps for teachers. 5 stars for after school movie fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Movie. April 16, 2014
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A touching story with great music. I bought it because it was filmed in Philadelphia and having moved away many years ago, I wanted to see the city scenes. I really enjoyed the movie. Definitely worth watching.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars So Awkward
This should have a "YA" in the title. It is geared toward the 11-12 year old girl. The acting was so stumbling and confusing that it was downright embarrassing. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Avid Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well done!!!
Very well done.. I enjoyed the story and the location of the film. James Van Der Beek was wonderful in it! Great filming shots.
Published 12 months ago by susan yacks
4.0 out of 5 stars Row Row Row Your Boat
If you want a bit of rah, rah you can do it via girls' rowing team, and throw in some romance, typical character internal struggle- what greatness is really about- and put it in a... Read more
Published 14 months ago by mk
5.0 out of 5 stars Great to see a rowing movie!
I am an elite rower who trained with the national team and was super psyched to see the movie Backwards which features this sport in a much more close up and realistic way than... Read more
Published 15 months ago by T-Row
5.0 out of 5 stars Feel Good Fun
Such a Charming film set against the back drop of a female Olympic rowing team...A story carefully constructed hitting all the notes of a Feel Good Film. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mare
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Movie
This is a great movie. I rowed in High School and feel that this perfectly captures the sport. Some people don't understand the dedication that the sport requires, and I feel... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Carrine
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It!!
The movie Backwards focuses on a women's collegiate rowing but it's so much more. It's a wonderful, funny, inspiring story that's great for families and a great gift for the... Read more
Published 16 months ago by gaild
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Enjoyable Movie - Loved the Rowing
As a life-long rower (in competition and for fun), I found the film thoroughly enjoyable. It is so nice to finally see a film that focuses on the sport that I have loved for many... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Anon
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