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In Gridiron Gang, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson once again displays far more cinematic charisma than one could expect from a former professional wrestler. Sean Porter (Johnson, Be Cool), a football player turned juvenile detention counselor, wrestles with a seemingly insolvable problem: The vast majority of young men who leave detention fall right back into crime. Seeking a way to give these not-yet-hardened kids a taste of self-esteem and discipline, Porter persuades his superiors to let him teach the kids football--and then take on high school teams. Though based on a true story (documentary footage over the closing credits reveals that some dialogue was lifted straight from the real Sean Porter's mouth), Gridiron Gang is pure underdogs-overcome-adversity formula. A formula is not necessarily a bad thing; when executed with skill and commitment, fulfilling a classic story mechanism can be perfectly satisfying, and Gridiron Gang qualifies. But it's Johnson who carries it through, demonstrating--in the most unlikely of roles--a surprisingly gentle touch. Johnson manages to be manly without overbearing machismo, earning not only respect but empathy. --Bret Fetzer
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Great uplifting movie on a true story.
I would recommend this movie for anyone who wishes to watch a film that shows true emotion, that shows real characters overcoming obstacles in their lifes.
Now, I know, that's really not saying much, as he's mostly done action films so far (though he did stretch out in Be Cool).
I couldn't even make it through the first 5 minutes. I cringed every time they opened their mouths. I love to see movies that are made from true life situations but can't stand the... Read morePublished 21 days ago by C. Tobias-Anderson
The story this movie presents makes the movie desirable. Other than that there is nothing spectacular.Published 1 month ago by James Wilson
It is a very inspirational story, yet I had trouble actually watching it because of technologyPublished 2 months ago by Kindle Customer