By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic)
WHAT’S FOREVER STRONG ABOUT?
After getting arrested, a troubled teen rugby star joins a new team and learns integrity, humility, and unity from his inspiring coach. Rent or buy it here.
IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: B+)
Solid based-on-a-true-story film by director Ryan Little (Saints and Soldiers) Capturing the essence of the values-based coaching style of legendary rugby coach Larry Gelwix, Forever Strong tells the story of a down-and-out teen who finds redemption and growth playing rugby for Gelwix. Though the film displays some sports movie clichés, it transcends them through the strength of its characters, writing, acting, and film-making.
IS IT OKAY FOR YOUR KIDS?
There are some mild profanities and the presence of raised middle fingers, as well as teen drinking and partying (portrayed as detrimental), a car accident, and rough rugby action.
ANY WORTHWHILE MESSAGES?
To meet their full potential, young men (and all people) should be strong and active, but more importantly courageous, true, faithful, and honest in all things. Adults can help young men to be honest and accountable. You can change, make amends for your mistakes, and be a better person. Honesty is the highest victory.
After Forever Strong take a look at Remember the Titans, one of my favorite inspirational true-story sports movies! Rent or buy it here.
Jonathan Decker is the clinical director of Your Family Expert. He is a licensed marriage and family therapist, husband, and father of five. Jonathan earned a masters degree in family therapy from Auburn University as well as a bachelor’s degree in clinical psychology from Brigham Young University. He is an actor, author, and television personality.