Written October 31, 2014
This is a fairy tale. Charter schools have been a major failure and the public schools have been steadily improving. It really seemed like this was timed to come out now. It was entertaining
Written October 31, 2014
Both the Times papers are clearly in the Union Pockets. Surprisingly great characters, well developed, crisp believable dialogue and great story. Based on true story makes it even better. Between the bureaucracy of school systems ( ever try to get anything changed in a school district) or the unions intimidation of teachers not to participate. Love the theme empowering as well as challenging parents. Movie much better than expected.
Written September 18, 2014
This movie was truly a great and inspirational story. Being from Pittsburgh, I could relate to the struggles addressed, as far as, the public school system is concerned. I went and saw this with my mother, it made me think of my days as an elementary student with my struggles in math and thanks to a great first grade teacher I am great at math 20 years later. This movie made me think of all the times my mother stood up to teachers and administration within the schools themselves and district personnel. It was truly inspirational and as a teaching student, really helped me realize how hard it is to be a teacher in this day and age, but it also showed how fulfilling a teaching career can be, despite the challenges. I would definitely, give this movie two thumbs up.
Written October 21, 2014
Viola Davis. Robbed of last year's Academy Award for best actress, is reason enough to see this highly manipulative film about two women who fight the entrenched bureaucracy of the teachers union in Baltimore. The film is fraught with fallacies, and living in a city where the teachers went on strike for a week and a half this past September, the wounds, no longer oozing, have yet to scar. Nevertheless, it was entertaining, heartwarming predictability...
"Won't Back Down" is melodramatic, at times erroneous, sensational, pushing the gamut of emotional buttons; in this instance, buttons that did mind the pressure...
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Written July 25, 2014
If you read the reviews and the RT rating you'll think this film simplifies issues and attacks unions. Ignore them. The film is also attacked viciously for 'ramming the directors' view' down our throats. But what film doesn't? At least this film has a message that must be heeded: Portions of our public education system are failing and failing badly. Is it perfect? No. Is it a compressed version of the events? Yes (but what film isn't). But it does show how it is possible to change one school and inversely improve the lives of a few hundred children that would multiply out to incalculable benefits to the community.
Does every school need to be taken over? No. But can every school benefit from parental and community involvement? Yes. If this film wakes up one, or two, or a hundred communities, administrators, and teachers, and makes them take a second look at improving education, then the film has done its job. It is also remarkably free from foul language and sex. Go see this film.