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Backwards (2012)

James Van Der Beek , Glenn Morshower , Ben Hickernell  |  PG |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: James Van Der Beek, Glenn Morshower, Sarah Megan Thomas
  • Directors: Ben Hickernell
  • Format: Multiple Formats, 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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0096PBD2O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #174,363 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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.

About the Actor

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

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11 of 12 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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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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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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4 of 5 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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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Average movie May 27, 2014
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Enjoyed the rowing side of things, even though the one actress in the bow was clearly just taught a few weeks prior. Felt the acting was a little stiff and dialogue a little stinted. Otherwise an ok movie.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie. If you're a rower.
Published 2 months ago by Tania
4.0 out of 5 stars positive movie,negative rowing
entertaining movie in general, but don't expect much if you are in it for the rowing shots!!!!!
Published 2 months ago by robertt
4.0 out of 5 stars OK
Not a great flick but seems to be well accepted by younger athletics. Story line is specific to the sport of crew but there is a pompus opinionated mother vs passionate daughter... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jeff Harris
4.0 out of 5 stars hard work and determination, family friendly film
Quick Overview: For years Abby Brooks has trained for a spot on the U.S. Olympic rowing team. She misses the mark and is picked for alternate. Again. Read more
Published 5 months ago by R. West
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Movie.
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. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Opal Chief
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 12 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 18 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 20 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 21 months ago by T-Row
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