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on November 1, 2015
"Gritty" is kind of a cliched term, but that is really the best term to describe this excellent drama about the hard-core world of Texas high school football. It appears to be a true story -- as most of these well-done sports films are -- but that is really beside the point, at least while one is enjoying the top-notch writing, superb acting by all concerned, and the solid direction from Peter Berg. Basic storyline is the Odessa-Permian High School football team is accustomed to winning...and winning big. But when the new head coach arrives, played by one of my favorite actors, Billy Bob Thornton, it becomes immediately apparent that the level of expectations of parents, boosters etc. are very, very high. This is, after all, the West Texas team that has won three state championships. What starts out as a rah-rah football story quickly elevates into high human drama, when (and this is not a spoiler) the star running back suffers a career-ending injury. This plot twist sets up the true tension in the story - given that the team and offense are built around this guy, do they have any chance at all of winning, let alone making it to State and winning there. And, more importantly, is failure even an option. What a great set up for the marvelously precise side-stories that are so well told. The running back who seems invincible is suddenly brought crashing down to Earth. The so-so quarterback with the clingy mother has to step and actually excel at his position. The coach has to avoid losing not only the season, but his job as well. Great, great stuff, and Derek Luke, Garret Hedlund and Lucas Black are all superb. As is Tim McGraw, who seems to appear in a lot of films side by side with Thornton, usually playing a drunk father (think, Sling Blade, here). but McGraw really can act. Enjoy...
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on October 17, 2017
As far as high school movies are concerned this is top shelf for when it was released. Good overall plot that doesn't drag and nice development of the characters.
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on September 1, 2017
Excellent movie; a must watch of parents of football players in High School
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on June 6, 2017
Great buy and I'm happy with my purchase.
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on October 17, 2017
One of the best football movies of all time
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on December 13, 2017
Excellent Movie!
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on March 15, 2017
Loved the movie
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on November 3, 2017
excellent movie
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on September 28, 2017
great movie!
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on July 14, 2017
good movie
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