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Age by Age Review For: Won't Back Down
Won't Back Down
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Best For Tweens (10-12)
Rated PG-13
Age-By-Age Guide
Educational | Life Lessons
A mom (Maggie Gyllenhaal) and a teacher (Viola Davis) join forces to take over their children's failing inner city elementary school.

Based on actual events, this inspiring drama will appeal to parents more than it will to kids. With all the talk in the news about the state of education, the story is timely but probably won't interest children, who would like to avoid the topic of school when they don't have to be there! Older tweens may develop a newfound respect for the good teachers they've had as well as for those people who can seemingly overcome all obstacles when their children are in need--mothers!
Baby (0-2)
No This movie is intended for older children.
Preschool (3-5)
No This movie is intended for older children.
Kids (6-9)
No This movie is intended for older children.
Tweens (10-12)
Other than some drinking and a mother's confession to her son about a drunk-driving incident, there's not a lot that's particularly inappropriate for younger tweens--they just won't be interested in the story. Twelve-year-olds may see the importance of standing up for your rights and being, as Gandhi said, "the change you want to see." They will definitely learn the value of never taking "no" for an answer and realizing that the seemingly impossible just may be possible after all.
--Lois Alter Mark, the Flicks for Kids Expert
Points For Parents
Movie Pluses

  • Empowers viewers
  • Celebrates education
  • Focuses on the importance of fighting for what you believe
Movie Minuses

  • Alcohol consumption
  • Bullying