When the Game Stands Tall
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Inspired by the true story, Jim Caviezel (The Passion of the Christ) plays high school football coach Bob Ladouceur during the season that changed everything. As coach of the Spartans Football Team, Bob always tells his players that winning doesn't matter. Yet somehow, with the aid of assistant coach Terry Eidson (Michael Chiklis, TV’s “The Shield”), he’s led the team to a record-breaking 151 straight victories. When his wife Bev (Laura Dern, Jurassic Park) urges him to refocus on his family, Bob is blinded by the pressure to keep the streak alive. Now, in the midst of a season of crisis and tragedy when the Spartans stand to lose everything, a remarkable young player (Alexander Ludwig, The Hunger Games) helps Bob rediscover that teamwork outshines personal glory When The Game Stands Tall.
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It ISN'T all about winning. It's also about HOW you win. There are many Scriptural references, so if that bothers you, it may not be the movie for you. I, however, left the pre-screening very thoughtful, and that happens very rarely. If a movie makes you think about your life and how you can make better choices, it's a movie worth seeing. I'll definitely watch it again. Great for the entire family!
The story starts as a 151 game winning streak comes to a close, How does a team, a coach, a school, bounce back when they lose their feeling of invincibility.
There is some religion in this, as the school is a Catholic All boys High School, and Bob Ladouceur (coach) is a man of faith. It his belief that football is a way to teach boys to be men. That they may not always have perfect games, but they should always give perfect effort.
As the coach tries to rebuild his teams spirits, they are faced with set backs. It is how they face these that make the story so inspirational.
As I do with all "inspired by" movies, I went on the net to see how close the movie was to the real life story. I was surprised to found that most of it is true. While a couple of the characters are actually compilations of several real people, and a few of the actions took place either before or after the 2004 season, most of the story is true to life.
To see a man live up to his teachings, to see young boys become honorable men because of his teaching/coaching; made of a nice movie night.
I recommend this movie.