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About the Movie
James Van Der Beek stars in this sports themed romantic drama. A fiercely competitive rower who fails to make the Olympic team, takes a coaching job for a local school's crew team. Sparks fly.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 18
- Fresh: 5
- Rotten: 13
- Average Rating: 4.6/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: Pairing a dull romance with an even duller sport (at least as represented here), this cliche-ridden vanity project is more suited to the ABC Family channel than to the inside of a movie theater.
Rotten: Passably pleasant but thoroughly predictable.
Rotten: Subplots are introduced only to be resolved within minutes, characters jettisoned at a moment's notice.
Rotten: The neatness of the plotting becomes almost comical after a while. Construction is one thing; contrivance is another.
Can't go wrong
Any movie pertaining to rowing is one you can't go wrong with. Two thumbs up from one rower to another..:)
My Boat is in this movie, they came to film us at our boathouse and a race as extras.
Fun family movie
I watched this movie without any particular expectations; my wife took me to see it in the theater. I found out later that it was an independent film, produced in Philadelphia. And I loved it!
The film is pretty straightforward. Abi, a rower whose Olympic dreams have been thwarted (again), returns home and takes a rowing coaching job at her old high school, where her ex-boyfriend is the athletic director and her new boss. Abi finds herself increasingly attached to her new students. Towards the end of the movie she has to make a momentous choice that affects her relationship with her students and Geoff.
At 90 minutes, the movie covers a lot of ground, but the plot is not complicated. What it is, though, is a very satisfying, and somewhat corny, family movie. It made me laugh in quite a few places, anxious in others, and cheer Abi and her students at the end. My wife and I both thoroughly enjoyed it.
The movie is very well-cast. James Van Der Beek is terrific in a classic nice-guy role, an effective foil to newcomer Sarah Megan Thomas, who is also very good. Margaret Colin is excellent as Abi's sympathetic, but firm, mother. And David Alan Basche steals every scene he is in as the very funny "Coxy" character.
Overall: a great movie for families. Watch it!