Review: Won't Back Down Blu-ray – it's inspired by actual events

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Won't Back Down Blu-ray ~ Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

Fox Home Entertainment sent me Won’t Back Down for review on my dad blog. The movie is about a single mom and a teacher who are fed up with their terrible school. So they decide to do something about it. The film is inspired by a true story. Won’t Back Down is available now on DVD and Blu-ray.

The 411 for Won’t Back Down

The story A teacher and a mom try to take over a failing school
Appropriateness for children It’s fine for kids.
Positives
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis and Holly Hunter are excellent
  • Inspired by a true story
Negative
  • The story is predictable
Release date January 15, 2013
Rating Rated PG for thematic elements and language
Runtime 121 minutes
Genre Drama

It’s about a legal school takeover
A single mom (Maggie Gyllenhaal) and a teacher (Viola Davis) believe the local school is letting students down. So they decide to use a seldom used law to try to take over the school and transform it into a school that will help kids learn to read and stay out of trouble. Unfortunately, the bureaucrats have set up all sorts of roadblocks to stop them. In addition, the teachers union is not happy with the idea of a school takeover because that would dissolve the union at the school.

It’s inspired by actual events
Won’t Back Down was inspired by the Parent Trigger law that allows parents to enforce administrative overhaul and overrule administrators in under-performing public schools if petitioned. If successful, petitions allow parents to direct changes such as dismissal of staff and potential conversion of a school to a charter school. According to Wikipedia, the film is loosely based on the events surrounding the use of the parent trigger law in Sunland-Tujunga, Los Angeles, California in 2010, where several groups of parents attempted to take over several failing public schools.

Holly Hunter is back on the big screen
Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis play the main characters in the movie. Both are excellent. Personally, I thought Holly Hunter (Evelyn Riske) stood out in Won’t Back Down. To be honest, I didn’t recognize her at first. It’s been a while since I’ve seen her in a movie. Won’t Back Down also featured Oscar Isaac (Michael Perry), Rosie Perez (Breena Harper), Emily Alyn Lind (Malia Fitzpatrick), Dante Brown (Cody Alberts), Lance Reddick (Charles Alberts), Ving Rhames (Principal Thompson), Bill Nunn (Principal Holland), Ned Eisenberg (Arthur Gould), Marianne Jean-Baptiste (Olivia Lopez), Liza Colón-Zayas (Yvonne), Nancy Bach (Deborah), and Keith Flippen (Ben). The film was directed by Daniel Barnz.

Won’t Back Down Extra Features

  • Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary by Director Daniel Barnz
  • A Tribute to Teachers
  • The Importance of Education
  • Audio Commentary with Director Daniel Barnz
  • Ultraviolet Copy

More info: Won’t Back Down

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