Won’t Back Down

I got the chance this week to see a preview of my new favorite film of the year.

Won’t Back Down stars Maggie Gyllenhall, Holly Hunter and Viola Davis.

Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis play two determined mothers, one a teacher, who will stop at nothing to transform their children’s failing inner city school. Facing a powerful and entrenched bureaucracy, they risk everything to make a difference in the education and future of their children.

While not based on a “true story”, the film is inspired by the work of dedicated parents, teachers and advocates across the country.

Holly Hunter plays the teacher turned Union Leader fighting for “the contract”, knowing in her heart that the “contract” is hurting not helping the children.

This film touched me in so many ways.  As a parent, a school employee and as a union laborer.  I could see how important each piece was to each character, but also realized that everyone needed to put their wants and needs aside and realize what was best for the kids.

Perhaps one day this fairy tale story will come true in real life.  In this tumultuous election year, perhaps those thumping for either side can lay down their rhetoric, put aside their differences and focus on what is not best for their “party” but for their country as a WHOLE.

This is a must see film for everyone of all ages.


5 Diet Cokes!

By the way, I was invited to the preview as a member of the Circle of Moms Top 25 Southern California Mom Bloggers, and I did receive compensation for this post.  However, if you know me at all, you know that this in no way swayed or hindered my expression of my opinion.

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