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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).
The story this movie presents makes the movie desirable. Other than that there is nothing spectacular.Published 6 days ago by James Wilson
It is a very inspirational story, yet I had trouble actually watching it because of technologyPublished 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
Powerful movie. Love the actual plot and story line this movie is based on. Dwayne Johnson delivers his best film ever and the overall message can bring you to years if you have... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sanborn Family