Remember The Titans
Entertainment: +3
Acceptability: +2

Set in 1971, when public school racial integration was getting underway in America, tension is rampant at the T.C. Williams High School in Arlington, Virginia. A rigid, hard driving black coach named Herman Boone (Denzel Washington) has been hired to guide the integrated but racially polarized football team. Much of the football team has been filled by black players, although a number of determined white players are hanging on. Despite his seniority, the popular white assistant football coach, Bill Yost (Will Patton) was passed over for the head position. And in spite of strong differences of opinion and racial flare-ups among the players, the two coaches find a common ground in working together to transform the angry, unfocused players into a dynamic, winning team. In the process, the community overcomes much of its racial tension and bigotry as the two groups learn to live together in greater harmony. Based on a remarkable true story, REMEMBER THE TITANS is an inspiring, dramatic, engrossing story. Washington gives an outstanding performance as the driven coach and the football action lends excitement and suspense to the drama. The ten year old daughter (Hayden Panettiere) of Coach Yost is an intense, outspoken football fanatic and almost steals the show with her enthusiasm. Dont miss this marvelous film.

This film is about as free of offensive elements as you will find in todays PG-rated movies. Its rather refreshing to find a relative few mild and moderately rough words and one mild obscenity in this surprisingly wholesome drama. However, a homosexual football player introduces some humor and, in one questionable scene, comically grabs another player and kisses him. The other players do not condone his lifestyle, but treat him in a friendly manner. No severe violence is shown in the film, although some fist fights occur at school and among the players. And the football games are plenty rough. Boones tough, demanding treatment of the players seems overdone at times. But hes shown to be a sincere, sensitive man and imbues his players with high ideals. The films theme of racial tolerance and harmony, as well as one remark about trusting the Lord, is inspiring. Except for very young children, REMEMBER THE TITANS can be recommended viewing.

Preview Reviewer: John Evans
Distributor: Buena Vista (Disney), 350 S. Buena Vista St., Burbank CA 91521

Crude Language: Several (5) times - Mild 3, moderate 2
Obscene Language: Once - Mild other
Profanity: None
Violence: Several times - Moderate: (fist fight among team members, students fight in school hall, brick thrown through window, rough football games, man in auto hit by truck)
Sexual Intercourse: None
Nudity: None
Homosexual Conduct: Once (homosexual football player kisses another player comically)
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: None
Drug Abuse: None
Other: Townspeople display both racial prejudice and tolerance, interracial team told to respect each other, reference to trusting the Lord, policeman congratulates black player, implied that football team prays
Running Time: 113 minutes
Intended Audience: 7 years and older

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