Kathie Lee & Hoda: Maggie Gyllenhaal ‘Won’t Back Down’ Review


Kathie Lee & Hoda: Maggie Gyllenhaal Interview

The new movie Won’t Back Down stars Academy Award-nominated actress Maggie Gyllenhaal as a single mother turned activist for a better education for her daughter. Kathie Lee and Hoda were joined by Maggie as she discussed the movie and the message it sends. Won’t Back Down is in theaters on September 28 2012.

Maggie Gyllenhaal: Won’t Back Down Review

Kathie Lee & Hoda: Maggie Gyllenhaal 'Won't Back Down' Review

Kathie Lee and Hoda were joined by Maggie as she discussed her new movie Won’t Back Down and the message it sends. It is in theaters on September 28 2012.


She plays a Mom from a lower-class neighborhood who is just sick and tired of her kid being the victim of this poor school system. Maggie said she is in the position that no mother should have to be in in this country. Her daughter is at a failing school and no one can help her. She is at the end of the line.

She said her character is not an activist or political by any means, but by what is in her heart is what activates her. Maggie said together with Viola Davis’ character they take over the school. Viola plays a teacher at the school. Maggie said to bring the Kleenex with you.

Won’t Back Down: A Call To Duty Movie?

Hoda said given the state of the education system, do you think this will be a call to duty movie. Maggie said she hopes so and it has stirred some controversy, which surprises her. She said that you can believe in unions with your mind and your heart, but at the same time you can think that there are faults in them. Not everyone is perfect.


Maggie said that if the differences in this situation between the adults get in the way of the children in this country who need the education then we are absolutely failing. She hopes that the people that are taking issue with this movie can see that it can actually help them.

Maggie Gyllenhaal: Teachers Today

Maggie said if you see your child’s teacher do an amazing job, you want that teacher to be rewarded and get down on her knees to thank them. If they are struggling, she wants some system in place to help them. If they are fundamentally not meant to teach, she doesn’t want them teaching her child or anyone’s child.


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