Back of the Net

Movie review by
Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media
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Wholesome, feel-good story of misfit at soccer camp.
  • NR
  • 2019
  • 98 minutes

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 3 reviews

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Positive Messages

You can do more than you think you can; you just have to believe in yourself. Teamwork isn't just working together as one, it's also letting each individual's strengths contribute to make the group stronger.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Lots of ethnic diversity in the cast of central characters. Main character Cory and her family are strong, positive models, especially for African American girls, who will see a smart, science whiz with affluent, loving, and philanthropic parents. Cory models academic success, determination, and leadership, and doesn't let anyone else bring her down. Oliver is loyal and supportive, and wishes he could be of more help to his struggling family. Edie, the antagonist, models "queen bee" behavior and foul play to undermine Cory, but learns to try reaching out in positive ways and make new friends.

Violence & Scariness

Some nonviolent bullying like pulling pranks and locking someone in a bathroom, as well as "queen bee" behavior. A couple of instances of playing rough by deliberately knocking someone to the ground during practice and in a match.

Sexy Stuff

A quick kiss, and almost kiss, and some good-natured teasing about romantic feelings.


Stock footage of a Quantas jet landing establishes location.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Back of the Net is a squeaky-clean sports movie about a misfit 16-year-old girl at soccer camp. There's no content of concern, but the plot involving teens learning about teamwork and friendship likely won't hold the interest of the youngest kids. There are some mild romantic feelings and one quick kiss. Lots of ethnic diversity in the main cast modeling teamwork, loyalty, sportsmanship, determination, and disciplined, responsible behavior. Main character Cory is a strong role model for African American girls for her strong, loving family and academic excellence. Lots of positive messages about teamwork, friendship, and believing in yourself and in one another.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byGymnast1234 May 30, 2020

Pretty good

I love this movie I think Cory is a great roll model except that she splashes in a mud puddle so mud gets on Edie.
Kid, 12 years old January 20, 2021


I think it’s a good movie because it shows that you may start to like something you weren’t interested in if you just give it a try. I like the mixing of scienc... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byKungfuHeart January 20, 2021

Gr8 messages: Try new things + look at things from a diff angle

This movie has great messages and Cory is a great role model. It shows the importance of trying something new and looking at things from a different angle. A li... Continue reading

What's the story?

BACK OF THE NET tells the story of Cory, a 16-year-old overachiever looking forward to spending the summer in Australia studying oceanography aboard ship. When she accidentally gets on the wrong bus at the airport, she finds herself at an elite soccer camp instead. By then her ship is already out to sea, so Cory will have to make the best of being stuck at a camp for a sport she's never played in her life. All while navigating between attention from a cute guy, new friendships, and jealous rivals. Oh, and learning how to kick a soccer ball, too.

Is it any good?

This wholesome story of a misfit at soccer camp is one that's been told many times before, and won't hold any surprises for older viewers. But Back of the Net's attractive, winning cast are terrific, ethnically diverse role models and the story bubbles with positive messages and examples. It's entirely predictable as it builds to a championship match between the underdogs and their biggest rival. If you try not to think too much about how it's summer in Los Angeles and Australia at the same time you can enjoy a pleasant ride down a very familiar and scenic road. Tweens and young teens will relate to Cory and her friends as they forge new friendships and learn new ways of thinking all the way to the feel-good ending.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the teen role models in Back of the Net. What are Cory's character strengths? What about the other characters?

  • Why is it important to have ethnically diverse cast members in movies, TV, games, and books?

  • How does teamwork help Cory and her friends? What makes them a good team?

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