Won't Back Down (PG)

Film

Drama

Viola Davis, left, and Maggie Gyllenhaal in Won't Back Down

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Fri Sep 28 2012

Feisty bartender Jamie Fitzpatrick (Maggie Gyllenhaal) is fed up with the inner-city elementary school that is failing her dyslexic daughter. So she enlists an equally nonplussed teacher, Nona Alberts (Viola Davis), to help her take back the hellhole institution and remake it into a scholarly paradise. Loosely inspired by California’s recent parent-trigger law cases, this shockingly confused feature chugs along for a while as a reasonably diverting pseudo-inspirational melodrama (Davis even gets to do another of her trademark dripping-snot takes). But the film slowly reveals its true colors, pointing a fanatically accusatory finger at teachers’ unions while using twisted Obama-esque sloganeering about “order” and “hope” to further its simplistically anticollectivist agenda.

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Rated:

PG

US release:

Fri Sep 28, 2012

Duration:

121 mins

Cast and crew

Cast:

Holly Hunter, Viola Davis, Oscar Isaac, Maggie Gyllenhaal

Director:

Daniel Barnz

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