if you've driven I-15 lately, the billboards will tell you that it indeed did get its chance. i attended the official premiere tonight. it's even better the second time around.
we americans never grow tired of the inspirational sports movie; it's a perennial favorite inside of us. usually it's about football or boxing, sometimes baseball, and, occasionally, hockey. but in a good sports movie, the actually sport is arbitrary. like the sport itself, getting the ball from one end of the field to the other doesn't mean much compared to the stories of those who move it.
"forever strong" is about rugby, which is new and cool, but it's about honor, diligence, purity, hard work, sacrifice, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent; that kind of stuff. in the great pantheon of "inspirational sports movies", it's perhaps my favorite. it makes me want to work hard. to hold to honorable principles. to be the best that i can be. check it out when you're looking for something to see. not only will you be supporting utah filmmaking, you'll come out a better person.
it also makes me wish i'd played sports in high school.