The Way Back

The Way Back

DVD - 2020
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Jack Cunningham was a basketball star with a full university scholarship when he walked away from the game, forfeiting his future. Now, years later, Jack is spiraling down, and drowning in alcoholism. When he is asked to coach the team at his alma mater, he reluctantly accepts. As the boys start to come together as a team and win, Jack may have finally found a reason to confront his demons. But will it be enough to heal the deep wounds of his past and set him on the road to redemption?
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, 2020
Branch Call Number: WAY
Characteristics: 1 DVD (108 min.) : sound, color ; 12 cm
Alternative Title: Way back (Motion picture)


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Nov 18, 2020

Boring, enlivened only by the basketball scenes. Ben Affleck is better behind the camera. I'm giving it 3 stars only because of the effort the kids put into acting out their parts on and off the court.

Nov 06, 2020

We thought it was a fine movie a B-. Goes beyond just being an alcoholic, shows why a person who has gone through trauma in their life needs to find a good therapist to get their head on straight.

Oct 30, 2020

A very dramatic film which shows that anything good is possible with will power!

debwalker Sep 11, 2020

Ben Affleck back on his game.

Sep 04, 2020

This movie features a former basketball star named Jack Cunningham. He has fallen from glory due to the many personal struggles he has been going through. In order to cope with life, he abuses alcohol and is on a path of self-destruction. However, one day he is given the opportunity to coach the struggling basketball team at his former highschool and must make a tough decision that may change his life for the better. What I liked about the movie was that it taught you a lesson about how people with the brightest futures can still go down the wrong path. It shows that all our decisions have consequences and we can only bounce back from our actions moving forward. The only thing I disliked about the movie was the large amount of explicit language that was used throughout the movie. I would recommend the movie to those who enjoy the drama genre, but not for young children since the movie is rated R. I personally rate this movie a 4.5 out of 5.
@Dr.Walnut of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Sep 01, 2020

This was a really good movie.Ben Affleck did a great job.

Five stars for the acting and realistic depiction of tragedy, grief, and addiction in this basically sad drama. Especially loved the coaching and mentoring scenes. Moments of honest courage matter and make a difference to the lives in this story (as in real life). Personally I believe the coach will make it back but it will be in his own time in his own way. The movie could have been another hour longer for me. Ben Affleck has already proven his acting ability in his performance in "The Accountant" but his performance in this film is even better.
TIP: This DVD is available at the West Vancouver Library.

Aug 21, 2020

this was a tweener for me: is this a sports movie or a drama that has some basketball in it? pacing could've been zippier, and the language means it's not suitable for younger kids. happy i borrowed from the library instead of going to the theater, but i didn't dislike it

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Nov 20, 2020

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