At the movies: Won’t Back Down
When single mother Jamie Fitzpatrick (Maggie Gyhllenhaal) has to enroll her dyslexic daughter in a public school, she looks to the teacher and the principal for help. They both tell her their hands are tied because of union rules. Jamie does some research and finds that parents and teachers can take over a failing school with school board approval and she sets out to do just that.
Since Won’t Back Down is inspired by a true story, I thought it would be a feel good movie and, for the most part, it was. The movie wasn’t without its faults, though. One thing I struggled with was how does one single woman care for her child, work two jobs, and organize an undertaking like that? Oh, and get involved in a new relationship too.
The acting was fine, but nothing exceptional. I’m surprised Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis agreed to star in this movie with its clearly anti-union message. I enjoyed the movie, but didn’t love it – it’s probably another one to wait to see as a rental.