I can just imagine the pitch meeting for this. “It will be The Replacements meets Waiting for Superman! For the screenplay, we’ll hire someone who worships Aaron Sorkin but finds him insufficiently didactic.”
But “Won’t Back Down” ultimately has no use for nuance, and its third act is a mighty cataract of speechifying and breathless plot turns that strip the narrative down to its Manichaean core. Once teachers give up job security and guaranteed benefits, learning disabilities will be cured, pencils will stop breaking and the gray skies of Pittsburgh will glow with sunshine. Who could be against that?
In a “death is not an option” game, I think I’d rather sit though the Dinesh D’Souza thing.
…Also: “Someone needs to launch an investigation into what combination of crimes, dares, alcoholic binges and lapses in judgment got Viola Davis and Maggie Gyllenhaal into this movie.”