Bruno: Sometimes It Makes Sense To Back Down
It looks like the controversial edu-movie Won't Back Down was an epic flop at the box office, barely even squeaking in to the weekend box office top-ten list. By most accounts it also isn't very good, although I haven't seen it.
Given that all signs point to the movie being completely forgettable on its own terms, it's probably safe to say that all of the hand-wringing and protesting by parent trigger opponents was much ado about nothing. In fact, I'd go so far to say that the movie's opponents probably shot themselves in the foot by turning a movie nobody was going to care about into a "nationwide conversation" in which parent trigger advocates could make their case.
If you'd asked teachers' unions a year ago whether they'd like to be having a nationwide conversation about parent trigger laws I think the answer would have been "no", but that's exactly where we're at today. If we're having that conversation despite the fact that Won't Back Down was a commercial dud, it's hard to see that as a tactical victory for parent trigger opponents. (My local NPR affiliate teased a related segment as being about "the new movie the teachers' unions hate", which is the kind of framing that indicates that this isn't a debate the unions are likely to cleanly "win.")
I thought it was pretty clear from the first trailer that Won't Back Down wasn't going to be very good or very popular, but it still would have made sense for the movie's opponents to take a sober informative public stand against the dubious logic of parent triggers. By refusing to let the movie die its own quiet death, however, its opponents may have snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. - PB (@MrPABruno) (image source)