'Won't Back Down' -- 1 1/2 stars

<b>PG; 2:01 running time</b><br><br>
It's an interesting time to encounter such a film, especially in Chicago, where we have just come through a teachers' strike and where many editorial writers and columnists (and at least one mayor) will likely find themselves nodding in agreement with the movie's message, however artlessly dramatized. Produced by Walden Media and starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis as the fed-up parent and parent/teacher who won't back down, the film (like the pro-charter school documentary "Waiting for Superman" before it) sees a single righteous path out of the forest of terrible test scores and beaten-down educators. This is "Norma Rae" with two Normas for the price of one, except now the union rallying cry is inwardly directed: Quit whining, you losers. -- Michael Phillips<br><br><a href=http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/movies/sc-mov-0926-wont-back-down-20120927,0,3027197.column>Read the full "Won't Back Down" movie review</a>

( September 27, 2012 )

PG; 2:01 running time

It's an interesting time to encounter such a film, especially in Chicago, where we have just come through a teachers' strike and where many editorial writers and columnists (and at least one mayor) will likely find themselves nodding in agreement with the movie's message, however artlessly dramatized. Produced by Walden Media and starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis as the fed-up parent and parent/teacher who won't back down, the film (like the pro-charter school documentary "Waiting for Superman" before it) sees a single righteous path out of the forest of terrible test scores and beaten-down educators. This is "Norma Rae" with two Normas for the price of one, except now the union rallying cry is inwardly directed: Quit whining, you losers. -- Michael Phillips

Read the full "Won't Back Down" movie review

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