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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.

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: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0096PBD2O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,511 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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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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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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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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This is a good movie depicting the real world of competitive rowing. Sarah Megan Thomas wrote the story based on her own life experience as a rower and did a fine job.

However, there are some parts of the movie that seem to drag a bit and the acting is 'okay.' Think some of this is due to the fact that there are a number of rowing athletes playing parts in the movie so their acting experience doesn't quite match their rowing abilities.

Still, I would consider it a story worth watching just for the beautiful rowing scenes and to learn more about this sport.
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Hated it. The big question was if she should give up her chance to row in the Olympics so that she could coach a high school (!) team's tournament. Get that - HIGH SCHOOL. Both her lousy boyfriend (the high school's athletic director) and the girls on the high school team give her a terrible time for choosing the Olympics. They want her to give up her dream. She's been training most of her life for this, for god's sake.

She (wisely) chooses the Olympics and then her teammates give her a hard time. Well, it wasn't up to them. It was up to the coach.

So she bails on that so she can go coach the high school team.

The boyfriend reluctantly lets her do it, after being prodded by the girls to give her a chance. He had already cut her off personally and professionally.

So, she gets back together with the boyfriend, she coaches the team, and two of the girls go on to win the Olympics - in other words, she helped them to fulfill their dreams, and lost her own. It's like the mother who says that maybe their kid can cure cancer someday rather than being a subject in her own right who tries to cure cancer herself.

This movie is a great example of encouraging women to give up on their dreams and settle for a guy who doesn't support you. Many women have had too much of that female training and lost too many of their own dreams. Don't coach a high school tournament and give up your chance to win the Olympics. Lousy movie.
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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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