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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.
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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?
- On DVD or streaming: August 13, 2019
- Cast: Sofia Wylie, Trae Robin, Tiarnie Coupland
- Director: Louise Alston
- Studio: Monarch Home Entertainment
- Genre: Drama
- Topics: Sports and Martial Arts, Friendship, Great Girl Role Models
- Character strengths: Perseverance, Teamwork
- Run time: 98 minutes
- MPAA rating: NR
- Last updated: March 12, 2020
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