Movie Narrative: Forever Strong (2008)

The captivation of moving pictures is a source of tremendous inspiration.  For this reason and many more, RB28’s Movie Narratives, continues showing its love for movies with another movie narrative.  This week, Forever Strong (2008), will be converted into a narrative and subsequently highlighted.  It is implied that the blog reader reads the movie narrative, and then, he or she watches the movie.  The effort is to give the blog reader, an enhanced experience.  RB28’s Movie Narratives, ends this movie narrative of Forever Strong (2008), with some Hollywood facts.  
            Forever Strong (2008) is rated PG-13.  Furthermore, it is 1 hour and 52 minutes long.  This movie is categorized under the drama and sport genre.  The official release date is September 26th, 2008.  The release date is for the Country of the United States of America.  The director was Ryan Little.  The writers were David Pliler and Dony West.  The officially recognized stars were Sean Faris, Penn Badgley and Gary Cole.  The list of the 15 most important cast members is as follows:
  • Gary Cole (Coach Larry Gelwix).
  • Sean Astin (Marcus Tate).
  • Neal McDonough (Coach Richard Penning).
  • Sean Faris (Rick Penning).
  • Julie Warner (Natalie Penning).
  • Penn Badgley (Lars).
  • Eliot Schwartz (Marty).
  • Michael J. Pagan (Kurt).
  • Nathan West (Quentin).
  • Max Kasch (Griggs).
  • Arielle Kebbel (Emily).
  • Kepa Kruse (Tumo).
  • Junior Salt (Peeta).
  • Jeremy Earl (Sanchez).
  • Larry Bagby (Coach Cal).
             The synopsis follows.  Forever Strong (2008) is a story, out of the world of organized youth rugby.  In Flagstaff, Arizona U.S.A., the Flagstaff Rugby Team plays a match against a rival.  The rival is the Highland Rugby Team.  Coach Penning is the coach for Flagstaff, whilst, Coach Gelwix is the coach for Highland.  Richard Penning, Jr., or Rick; is the star player for Flagstaff, and, the son of the coach.  Unbeknownst to Rick, his father was once a Highland player, and, star player for Coach Gelwix.  As the Flagstaff coach, Coach Penning does everything in an opposite way; compared to his ex-coach.  After the match, the team celebrates at a big party at someone’s house.  After the party, Rick continues drinking with his girlfriend.  To be exact, they continue by drinking while driving.  Unfortunately, Rick drives off the road and causes a terrible accident.  His girlfriend is thrown out of the car.  Furthermore, she lands on a barb wire fence.  As a result, Rick is convicted on charges stemming from driving while under the influence.  Additionally, he is sentenced to a juvenile correctional facility in the State of Utah.  Rick arrives at the juvenile detention center, and, his father doesn’t want to know anything about him.  Furthermore, he quickly develops his routine of fighting other prisoners, and then, cleaning the restroom toilets.  One day; Rick breaks his routine, and, he teaches the other juvenile prisoners how to play rugby.  The administrator, Marcus Tate, is an ex-player of Coach Gelwix and the Highland Rugby Team.  Unbeknownst to Rick, the Highland Rugby Team is in the area.  Marcus Tate successfully convinces Rick to play for Highland.  From the beginning, Rick notices that Coach Gelwix does things in a different way.  Additionally, Rick starts to change into a better person.  One night Coach Gelwix tells Rick about, his father being an ex-star player for him.  Subsequently, the transformation into a better person is completed.  Surprisingly, one day his father appears to take him back, to the Flagstaff Rugby Team.  Coach Penning also has the intention of returning Rick, to his former life.  Ultimately, Rick returns to the Highland Team, and, he plays against his father’s team in the National Championship Match.  Director Ryan Little does an excellent job directing this movie.  Furthermore, the movie is very entertaining.  The writers do an equally excellent job.  The coaches in this movie are well written.  You can definitely notice the difference, in the approach, to coaching youth rugby.  The officially recognized stars do an excellent job performing their roles.  Special recognition is merited to Sean Faris, because, he was very good at being a spoiled brat.  Overall, this movie earns the rating of 7 out of 10. 
            The movie narrative of, Forever Strong (2008), is as follows.  This movie is about teenagers who play organized rugby.  Probably, it is high school, but, it can also be a private league.  In Flagstaff, Arizona U.S.A., the Flagstaff Rugby Team plays a match against the Highland Rugby Team.  Richard Penning, Jr., or Rick, is a star player for the Flagstaff Rugby Team.  Furthermore, his father is Coach Richard Penning.  Coach Penning coaches the Flagstaff Rugby Team.  Rick is a very good player, but, he has a lot of behavioral problems.  Furthermore; he receives a red card, and he is expelled from the match, because, he spat on the face of a Highland player.  The Highland Rugby Team wins the match.  The coach for Highland, Coach Gelwix, attempts to shake hands with Coach Penning.  Unfortunately, Coach Penning ignores Coach Gelwix.  Lars is the other star player for Flagstaff.  Furthermore, he exhibits the personality that Coach Penning likes.  That night, the Flagstaff Team has a party at someone’s house.  All of the teenagers are drinking beer.  Rick leaves with his girlfriend.  They also continue drinking, while, they are driving.  They start to kiss while driving, and, Rick loses control of the car.  The car flies off the road, and, it becomes a terrible accident.  Rick’s girlfriend flew out of the car, and, landed on a barb wire fence.  Rick appears to be okay.  The scene changes, and, Rick is in a court room with his mother.  Unfortunately, this accident is the second incident of drinking while driving; for Rick.  The judge sentences Rick to a correctional facility for juveniles.  The correctional facility is in the State of Utah.  Furthermore, Rick doesn’t know when his sentence will end.  Rick can be released on his 18th birthday.  However, he can also be transferred to a state prison, and, continue as an adult.  Rick’s girlfriend did not die, but, she was severely injured.  Rick arrives at the Wasatch Juvenile Detention Center.  Furthermore, he immediately meets the administrator, Marcus Tate.  Rick develops his routine of fighting with the other prisoners, and then, cleaning the restroom toilets.  Coach Penning doesn’t want to know about his son, while he is a juvenile prisoner.  One day; Rick breaks his routine, and, he teaches the other juvenile prisoners how to play rugby.  It results that, the Highland Rugby Team is in the area, and, Marcus Tate is an ex-player.  One day, Marcus invites three current players, to be part of a meeting with Rick.  Obviously, Marcus Tate asks Rick, if he wants to be part of the Highland Rugby Team.  Rick rejects the invitation.  Marcus doesn’t accept Rick’s answer, and, he tries to convince him otherwise.  Furthermore; Marcus tells Rick that he might be released early, if he plays this season.  Rick agrees to be on the Highland Rugby Team.  Rick attends his first practice with the Highland Team.  Rick attends his second practice, and, he is discovering that Coach Gelwix is a different type of coach.  Rick talks to Lars on the telephone.  Furthermore, he receives a gift that Lars sent him.  The real gift is illegal pills, which were hidden, inside of a rugby ball.  Coach Gelwix makes the Highland Team volunteer at a hospital for children.  Rick doesn’t want to have a part in it.  That night, Rick starts to use the illegal pills, which Lars sent.  The Highland Rugby Team plays its first match, and, Rick plays as a first-string player.  However, he plays at a different position, and, he becomes angry.  The match starts, and, Rick exhibits bad behavior.  The Highland Team loses the match.  Coach Gelwix punishes the team for the loss, with physical conditioning.  During the punishment, Rick is involved in a fight with another player.  Rick leaves, and, he doesn’t finish the physical conditioning.  The next morning, several teammates visit Rick.  Furthermore, they leave to exercise together, in order, to provide encouragement.  Players from the Flagstaff Rugby Team inform Coach Penning that, Rick is on the Highland Team.  The match against the Scotland Rugby Team starts.  Furthermore, Rick is becoming a member of the Highland Team.  The Highland Rugby Team wins the match.  After the match, the team celebrates by eating at a food buffet.  After the food buffet, Rick and several players, stop to help a woman change a tire.  Unfortunately, a drunk driver crashes into the car.  Kurt was changing the tire, and, he was severely injured.  Kurt is taken to the hospital.  Several of the players are there, along with, Coach Gelwix.  Rick is also there.  Furthermore, Rick has an opportunity to talk with Coach Gelwix.  It results that, Rick’s father is an ex-player of Coach Gelwix.  Coach Gelwix also tells Rick, how, his father’s career ended.  Kurt dies, and, the team attends his funeral.  During practice, Coach Gelwix asks Rick to be the second captain.  Rick rejects being the second captain, furthermore, he confesses that he uses illegal pills.  Coach Gelwix suspends Rick for the next match.  However, Rick will be the second captain.  The Highland Team visits Kurt’s grave.  The match against the Boise Rugby Team starts.  Rick watches from the sideline, and, the Highland Team wins the match.  Furthermore, Coach Penning listens to the radio, and, he learns about the Highland win.  The match against the Cheyenne Rugby Team starts, and, it is raining.  The Highland Team wins the match and the regional title.  Furthermore, the win sends Highland to the National Championship Tournament.  Rick returns to the Juvenile Detention Center for the day.  Surprisingly, he finds his father, Coach Penning, waiting for him.  Rick has been released on probation, and, he has to leave with his father.  At his parents’ house, Rick is asked by his father, to teach the team everything about Highland.  Rick arrives at a parking lot to meet up with his old friends.  His girlfriend, or ex-girlfriend, is also with the group.  Lars is also there leading the group.  The group starts to drink beer, and, Rick refuses.  Rick and Lars start to fight with each other.  The police arrive, and, Lars hides drugs in Rick’s car.  Rick is arrested for violating his probation.  From this point forward; the series of events, take the viewer, to the end.  Rick is released from jail, and, he returns to the Highland Rugby Team.  Flagstaff and Highland play for the National Championship.  You have to watch, to know who wins, the National Championship. 
            The movie narrative of the feature film, Forever Strong (2008), ends with some Hollywood facts.  The country of origin is the United States of America.  The official language is English.  There are other notable release dates.  The other notable release dates are:  Australia, April 22, 2009 (Blu-ray) and Hungary, June 4, 2009 (TV Premiere).  There are 4 filming locations, in total, for this particular movie.  All of the locations are in the State of Utah, U.S.A.  There is limited box office data.  There is no data for the original budget.  However, there is data for the opening weekend.  On its opening weekend, this movie made $68,283 USD.  This movie is considered closed in theaters on October 31, 2008.  The gross profits, that are reported, are $630,649 dollars.  The filming dates, that are reported, are July 2006 to the year 2007.  The production companies are Go Films and Picture Rock Entertainment.  There are several distributors for this particular movie.  Some of the distributors include the following; Gravitas Ventures (U.S.A.), Bridgestone Multimedia Group (U.S.A.), Crane Movie Company (U.S.A.), VVS Films (Canada) and One Movie (Italy). 
            To end and as always, RB28’s Movie Narratives, encourages you to continue reading the posted movie narratives.  The aforementioned blog strives to provide basic information, so that it, becomes inspiration.  Movies are a great pleasure to RB28’s Movie Narratives, and, the blog’s author hopes that they are for you as well.  For this week, and in conclusion, the feature film was Forever Strong (2008).  RB28’s Movie Narratives looks forward to seeing you next week, when another movie will be highlighted.


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