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Backwards Review

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  • 3.0

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  • 50

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    Variety Joe Leydon

    Passably pleasant but thoroughly predictable.

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  • 70

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    Los Angeles Times Gary Goldstein

    It's simple stuff, but it works.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 10+

Drama is bland but teaches girls about competitive rowing.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Backwards is a sports drama that's more about a coach's journey than a group of players. Written by and starring a former rower, the movie offers a look at a sport that isn't usually depicted in movies (rowing) and encourages girls to discover their inner athlete. While the content is mild overall -- there's one use of the word "s--t" (as well as some other milder insult language) and a bit of flirting/kissing -- the themes might be a bit too mature (or uninteresting) for the under-10 set.

  • Families can talk about why more sports movies seem to concentrate on men/boys than women/girls. Which examples can you think of in both categories?
  • Did Backwards teach you anything about rowing you didn't know? Does it seem like a sport you'd want to try?
  • Do you think Abi ultimately made the right decision? Should she have chosen her own dream rather than her students'?

The good stuff
  • message true3

    Messages: Discipline and drive are encouraged as part of the competitive spirit needed to be as successful athlete. Strong "women in sports" message revolving around a sport that isn't usually represented in movies: rowing.

  • rolemodels true2

    Role models: Despite her flaws and her inability to accept being an alternate on the Olympic team, Abi is a role model for her dedication to rowing, as both a rower and a coach. Her advice that girls shouldn't be afraid to bring a little bit of aggression to their competitions is an important lesson for kids to learn.

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence: Not applicable

  • sex false2

    Sex: Abi and Geoff flirt and eventually kiss.

  • language false3

    Language: One "s--t," plus "stupid," "loser," and other insults like "selfish," "lazy," and "old."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: One scene in which Tootsie Rolls are shown.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not applicable