Parents' Guide to

Forever Strong

By Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Uplifting jock drama is predictable but OK for older tweens.

Movie PG-13 2008 112 minutes
Forever Strong Poster Image

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 11 parent reviews

age 8+

age 12+

Great movie for teaching about the ability for a teenager to turn from being demanding to and disrespectful to grateful and less selfish. I could relate to many of the characters, and thought the humor was well done also.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (11 ):
Kids say (3 ):

This sort of formulaic sports-redemption drama has been told before, and probably will be again (and it's been parodied in comedies like The Comebacks and Dodgeball). Even with the based-on-actual-events qualifier, practically everything here will be formula-familiar and predictable, right down to the slow-motion in the championship game finale.

On the plus side of the scorecard, families, especially in religious households, can watch without particular penalties. There's no strong reason for the PG-13 rating; filmmakers bench all swearing from the dialogue, but still manage to convey the atmosphere of a rough, tough sport thanks to the hardworking actors. Rugby, high school or otherwise, is relatively underexposed in American jock flicks, and this is a sturdy promo, and points about unity and respecting one's opponents -- even honoring long-gone team members whose jersey numbers you've inherited -- are well made. The prison subplot would normally seem an unexpectedly harsh milieu, but the wayward hero spends so little time there it really doesn't carry much impact.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: September 28, 2008
  • On DVD or streaming: May 26, 2009
  • Cast: Arielle Kebbel , Gary Cole , Penn Badgley , Sean Astin , Sean Faris
  • Director: Ryan Little
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors
  • Studio: Crane
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run time: 112 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: for thematic material involving teen drug and acohol use, and some disturbing images.
  • Last updated: October 15, 2023

Inclusion information powered by

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate