Mr. Movie

'Forever Strong' offers familiar story

You’ve seen so many sports movies involving teens that you can write the script yourself.

Forever Strong casts hunky Sean Faris, who has a young Tom Cruise look, as rugby player who is ticked at his coach, ticked at his dad, ticked at his teammates and ticked at the world.

All that anger leads to a car wreck that sends him to a juvenile detention center in Utah. There, he evolves from selfish to selfless -- thanks to plenty of preaching from a coach played by Gary Cole who says to be nice, be loyal, be true to yourself God, family and friends.

The film is based on a true story. And with these, "based" is always the key word. Forever Strong has positive messages that today’s video- and cell-phone addicted youth can use.

Unfortunately, few of them will see it. And I do wish the writer and producers had included a better explanation of the game of rugby.

Mr. Movie rating: 3 1/2 stars

Rated PG-13 for mature themes. It opens today at the Carmike 12.

5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen

4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.

3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on video.

2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.

0 stars: Speaks for itself

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