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Never Back Down

It seems too good to be true when a hot babe (Amber Heard) invites new kid Jake Tyler (Sean Faris) to a party --and it is. Instead of being a guest, it turns out he's only there to act as a punching bag for the girl's tough-guy boyfriend (Cam Gigandet). Determined to get even with the bully, Jake finds a mentor (Djimon Hounsou) and starts training in Mixed Martial Arts. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: D-
Violence: D
Sexual Content: C
Language: C-
Drugs/Alcohol: C-
Theater Release: 13 Mar 2008
Video Release: 28 Jul 2008
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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Violent clashes are frequent themes in movies aimed at teens. In the movie Freedom Writers, a new teacher helps students, who are involved in interracial conflicts involving guns and gangs, find an alternative outlet by recording their life experiences in journals. Like Jean Roqua, a high school basketball coach mentors a team of troubled hoopsters by demanding discipline and achievement off the court as well as on in Coach Carter.

Home Video Extra Features

DVD Release Date: 29 July 2008

Never Back Down releases to DVD with deleted and extended scenes and an audio commentary with the director and cast. Audio tracks are available in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (English), with subtitles in English (SDH) and Spanish.

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