Jack Cunningham (Ben Affleck) once had a life filled with promise. In high school, he was a basketball phenom with a full university scholarship, when suddenly, for reasons unknown, he walked away from the game, forfeiting his future. Now years later, Jack is spiraling down, triggered by an unspeakable loss, and drowning in the alcoholism that cost him his marriage and any hope for a better life.
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In The Way Back, not to be confused with 2010's The Way Back or 2013's The Way Way Back (or 2003's The Way Back or 2011's The Way Back), Affleck delivers one of the best performances of his career and one of the better performances of 2020 as an alcoholic who finds a renewed sense of purpose when he is enlisted to become a high school basketball coach. Marketed as a sports drama, The Way Back features some decent basketball action but it is very much a character study about a fractured man trying, or resisting to try, to overcome tragedy and a failed marriage. Full movie review »