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Backwards

4.3 out of 5 stars 32 customer reviews

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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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Product Details

  • 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.)
  • 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: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0096PBD2O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,614 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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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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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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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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By lalady on December 10, 2012
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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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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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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 predictable but overall well done format of a movie, then, here you go.

A failed Olympian-to-be woman rower is forced to take less desirable, personal choices in life; however, she discovers unexpected richness in pursuing teaching/coaching with some tough decisions to make.

The film is well shot(Philidelphia backdrop), - the acting realistic with a heroine, Sarah Megan Thomas, who sometimes gets on my nerves with her motives and self-centeredness- true to form. Jason Van Der Beek(Where's Mrs. Miracle when you need her?) co-stars and does fine as the counter balance and romantic interest.

Yes, it's all kind of by the numbers. We've seen this before many times, but that's ok. Good to encourage one to work hard to achieve something. 3 1/2 stars. PG for mild language. It shows a little drinking. They include a 'making of' feature which I always appreciate.
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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 years. To see its grace and beauty but also keep the realistic nature of the sport was wonderful. When watching the film in the theater, I found myself surrounded by a lot of high school crews who all laughed and cheered while watching the rowing scenes; scenes to which all rowers, current and former can relate and appreciate.

The movie provides an inspiring story line for young women on pursuing and achieving your dreams by applying some hard work. There is also a great lesson in there for us older women about sacrifice and choice for what is truly important later in life.

Overall, I was very pleased with the movie and can't wait to see it again.
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