Check Out the Trailer to Your Dad’s New Favorite Movie “The Way Back”

The inspirational sports drama has been on ice for awhile, unless you count Ford v Ferrari. But it's coming back with a vengeance in 2020, at least judging by the trailer for Gavin O'Connor's The Way Back.

Ben Affleck stars as a struggling alcoholic and construction worker, who used to have a family and dreams of basketball stardom. Nearing the end of his rope, he's offered to be the interim coach of the varsity basketball team at his old high school. The team sucks, but it clearly gives him a sense of purpose.

So expect a lot of tears and cheers as the team will no doubt go from worst to first as Affleck's character confronts his past and what are probably some tragic mistakes. I'm surprised this is going to theaters and not immediately into rotation on TNT, but expect your dad to talk to the other dads about this tear-jerker for bros next year. Check out the trailer below.

The Way Back opens on Friday, March 6.


About Kip Mooney

Kip Mooney
Like many film critics born during and after the 1980s, my hero is Roger Ebert. The man was already the best critic in the nation when he won the Pulitzer in 1975, but his indomitable spirit during and after his recent battle with cancer keeps me coming back to read not only his reviews but his insightful commentary on the everyday. But enough about a guy you know a lot about. I knew I was going to be a film critic—some would say a snob—in middle school, when I had to voraciously defend my position that The Royal Tenenbaums was only a million times better than Adam Sandler’s remake of Mr. Deeds. From then on, I would seek out Wes Anderson’s films and avoid Sandler’s like the plague. Still, I like to think of myself as a populist, and I’ll be just as likely to see the next superhero movie as the next Sundance sensation. The thing I most deplore in a movie is laziness. I’d much rather see movies with big ambitions try and fail than movies with no ambitions succeed at simply existing. I’m also a big advocate of fun-bad movies like The Room and most of Nicolas Cage’s work. In the past, I’ve written for The Dallas Morning News and the North Texas Daily, which I edited for a semester. I also contributed to Dallas-based Pegasus News, which in the circle of life, is now part of The Dallas Morning News, where I got my big break in 2007. Eventually, I’d love to write and talk about film full-time, but until that’s a viable career option, I work as an auditor for Wells Fargo. I hope to one day meet my hero, go to the Toronto International Film Festival, and compete on Jeopardy. Until then, I’m excited to share my love of film with you.