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Forever Strong Movie Review - Not Really A Mormon Story
Forever Strong - A Rugby Movie
Forever Strong, A Rugby Movie - Has a Mormon background...
UPDATE: FOREVER STRONG is now on DVD -- so if you missed it due to its limited release in movie theatres - you can buy your own copy. Forever Strong is the most inspirational sports movies of 2008 - and is one that you will watch over and over again.
"Forever Strong", which boasts an all-star cast , won a "Truly Moving Picture" award, from the Heartland Film Festival. This is an extraordinary movie, that you won't want to miss.
Although not necessarily a "Mormon" movie, it takes its story from the LDS community. This film is based on Utah's Highland Rugby Team, and tells the story of a former seminary teacher, who coaches the local high school rugby team, to win 18 national championships. The important values of family, respect and honor - are the core principles, that Coach Larry Gelwix, instills through the game of rugby; into his team players. Be sure and watch the YouTube video about Larry Gelwix himself, below.
The film Forever Strong itself, never mentions any LDS details. It is a movie made for the masses. A movie of values, commitment and hard work. It is a movie, that as a member of the LDS Church, I join many others, who also desire more uplifting family movies -- and would like to see more of the same. It is critical, that in order for film makers to continue to produce quality family movies, that the public needs to support movies like, "Forever Strong".
"Forever Strong" is a family movie, but not necessarily intended for small children. The movies has been rated PG-13.
"Forever Strong is a drama/sport film directed by Ryan Little and written by David Pliler to be released in the fall of 2008. The film stars Gary Cole, Sean Faris, Neal McDonough, Sean Astin, Penn Badgley and Arielle Kebbel. The film is about a troubled rugby union player who must play against the team his father coaches at the national championships. Forever Strong is based on a true story." Wiki
"Talented but troubled high school rugby player Rick Penning (Sean Faris) loses his position as the star of an Arizona rugby union team when he is sentenced to a boys' home in Salt Lake City. Rick ends up playing for Salt Lake's famous Highland High School rugby team, coached by Larry Gelwix (Gary Cole), in the national championships - against his old team, which is coached by his father, Neal Penning (Neal McDonough). Emily (Arielle Kebbel) is Rick's love interest, and Marcus (Sean Astin) is his social worker." Wiki
Forever Strong Movie Trailer - Mormon
Forever Strong - Movie Reviews:
"Forever Strong" moves briskly, allowing plenty of room for character development and gritty game action. Little makes his micro-budgeted movie look bigger than it is, thanks in part to young talent such as Faris, Penn Badgley ("Gossip Girl") and Arielle Kebbel ("John Tucker Must Die") as a current teammate's sister.
This film was screened at the LDS Film Festival in Orem, Utah earlier this year. Here is one participants review of THE film, Forever Strong.
"I saw this film at the LDS Film Festival earlier this year. It's pretty good. It's along the lines of Saints and Soldiers in that it is not explicitly about Mormons. The story takes place in Utah (Salt Lake). It is based on true stories from the coaching career of Larry Gelwix (the "Getaway Guru" for those of you who listen to KSL), who is perhaps the most successful high school rugby coach in the United States. I believe he is LDS. The film's language is very mild, and there is virtually no skin and no sensuality.
The movie does not include any religious exposition, and the LDS Church is never mentioned. Rather, the film focuses on moral themes that - like we saw in Saints and Soldiers - are understandable by just about anyone.
Is it a film for the ages? No. But it's a solid story with a good message and quite family-friendly. I will support this movie financially as I try to do for most well-made family-friendly films."
FOREVER STRONG MOVIE - FAMILY, RESPECT AND HONOR
Forever Strong - Coach Larry Gelwix's Story is EXTRAORDINARY!
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