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Finding the Way Back

Published July 11, 2020

Finding the Way Back

Film info

  • Title Finding the Way Back
  • Director Gavin O'Connor
  • Year 2020
  • Run time 1hr 48m
  • Genre Drama
  • Tagline Every loss is another fight

Jack Cunningham once had a life filled with promise. In high school, he was a basketball phenom with a full ride to college, when suddenly, for reasons unknown, he walked away from the game, forfeiting his future. Now years later, Jack is stuck in a meaningless job and drowning in the alcoholism that cost him his marriage and any hope for a better life. When he is asked to coach the basketball team at his alma mater, which has fallen far since his glory days, he reluctantly accepts, surprising no one more than himself. As the boy starts to come together as a team and win, Jack may have finally found a reason to confront the demons that have derailed him.

Live blog

TimeComment
2:36Drinking in the shower is some dedication.
4:52“I don’t understand why somebody has a phone if they’re not going to answer it.” I mean, has she heard of the App store?
7:11That’s a really impressive beard Ben is sporting.
11:52I like that small talk. “Married? Kids? OK, let’s talk..”
16:38Is coaching a full time job at a school like this?
19:49“Dropping some knowledge on you.”
25:00Ok, not a full time job then.
27:07“I’d be having more fun if we won a game.”
35:04Mascot!
45:00It played out exactly like he said it would!
52:26His language really is bad.
58:46What a painful party to be invited to.
1:02:22I feel like he was about to burst into ‘get your head in the game’ then.
1:02:46“They’re just really nervous right now. These guys have never played a game that mattered.”
1:16:17Confused about what he told them to do but it all worked out so who cares!?
1:22:26The old guy that brings him home every night is adorable.
1:32:29Why don’t they lock their doors while they’re asleep?
1:40:15His prayer basically says never mind about winning, we just want to play fair and well. Come on, man, it’s sports.

Thoughts

Pretty good film, this one. Initially it’s hard to like Jack, because even though he clearly has demons, he’s not exactly doing much about it and is being a bit of a drain on the people around him. But then you learn more about why he is in the pit of depression that he finds himself and it becomes a more well rounded picture.

Great cast, Ben Affleck does a great job, and the boys on the team are fab. I even liked the team chaplain, who, let’s face it, is a bit of a downer on all the fun a sports team can have.

It’s not a perfect movie, but it’s a good story, and by the end I was invested. I like that it didn’t just end on the massive high of turning the team around. There was more to it than that, and it ended in a hopeful but realistic way.

Rating: 4 / 5

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