If you have teens, I guarantee that they will love the movie Forever Strong. If you have a kid with a bad attitude, I guarantee that YOU will love this movie! I just wish I had known about this true story earlier-I used to live near where it happened.
Forever Strong is about Rick, a star high school rugby player with a disastrous personal life. When his drunk driving puts him behind bars, he is given one last chance: play for rival team Highland and live by their rules, or go back to jail. Rick struggles with his unscrupulous friends, his unforgiving and win-at-any-cost father and finishing his court sentence. His guidance counselor is Sean Astin (one of my favorites!), whose character had been on a similar path, until he met Coach Gelwix.
Larry Gelwix is the coach of the Highland rugby team, and he is in the position to change the entire course of Rick's life. He is more than just a coach; he teaches his boys how to be men. They connect with the past, they serve the community. Character is everything. The team has a no tolerance policy for cheating, substance abuse and getting too close with girls. Gelwix believes that his job is to create men with good character off the field. And if he does that well, then the wins will automatically come when his boys are on the field. An extra bonus: his team performs the Haka before games and it is super cool!
This inspiring story is fantastic. My kids love it, and I love what the movie teaches about life. It teaches that having good character leads to being great in every other arena. The proof is in Highland Rugby's record: 415 wins / 10 losses, and 19 National Championships in 26 years. It's hard to argue with that.
Our family watches this movie all the time, and I hope you enjoy it as much as we do. (Don't be scared off by the party lifestyle in the first few minutes of the movie, hang in there-- the payoff is fantastic!) You can find Forever Strong at Amazon, Netflix and Vidangel.
P.S. Be sure to watch the special features!
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P.P.P.S (This is getting ridiculous...) Next week I will be holding a massive giveaway! Stay Tuned!
*Note: as always, please check the content of this and other movies at www.commonsensemedia.org or kids-in-mind.com before you watch it to make sure you feel it is appropriate for your family.
Family Discussion Guide
-Did Rick have good friends at the beginning of the movie?
-Why is having good friends important? How do their decisions affect you?
-What would have happened if Rick had continued on his path?
-Would you have been as accepting of Rick if you had been on Highland's team?
-Why did Rick's old friends try to sabotage him?
-Why did Coach Gelwix have all those rules?
-Why did Coach Gelwix think about quitting coaching?
-Why did Highland lose that game?
-Why was Rick's dad so angry? Why couldn't he let it go?
-Why did Quinn cheat? What could he have done instead?
-Why did Rick hold true to Highland standards?
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