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Won't Back Down

  • Film
  • 1 out of 5 stars
Viola Davis, left, and Maggie Gyllenhaal in Won't Back Down
Viola Davis, left, and Maggie Gyllenhaal in Won't Back Down

Time Out says

1 out of 5 stars
Feisty bartender Jamie (Maggie Gyllenhaal) is fed up with the inner-city school that is failing her dyslexic daughter. So she enlists an equally nonplussed teacher, Nona (Viola Davis), to help her take back the hellhole institution and remake it into a scholarly paradise. Loosely inspired by recent cases in California, 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 colours, pointing a fanatically accusing finger at teachers’ unions while using twisted Obama-esque sloganeering about ‘order’ and ‘hope’ to further its simplistic agenda.
Written by Keith Uhlich

Release Details

  • Rated:PG
  • Release date:Friday 25 January 2013
  • Duration:121 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Daniel Barnz
  • Cast:
    • Holly Hunter
    • Viola Davis
    • Oscar Isaac
    • Maggie Gyllenhaal
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