When the Game Stands Tall
Entertainment: +4
Acceptability: +2

Jim Caviezel. Sports drama. Directed by Thomas Carter.

FILM SYNOPSIS: Jim Caviezel, who knows his way around portraits of positive real life heroes, plays legendary football coach Bob Ladouceur. Coach Lad, as he is affectionately known, took the De La Salle High School Spartans from obscurity to a 151-game winning streak that shattered all records for any American sport. The film adaptation addresses issues such as why bad thing happen to good people, while also containing an abundance of fabulous footage for fans of football.

PREVIEW REVIEW: The sports film genre is generally used as a metaphor for life. Each entry teaches, edifies, and resolves. But let’s face it, they’re usually predictable and clichéd. And although that same clichéd story structure may be this film’s one penalty, thanks to Thomas Carter’s direction, the film holds our attention throughout with…heart. You gotta have heart when telling a football tale and this film does. I’ll go so far as to say, if you like football, and like football movies that contain an element of faith-based philosophy, then you’re going to love When the Game Stands Tall. DVD Additions: Facing the Giants.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
Distributor: Affirm Films

Crude Language: None
Obscene Language: None
Profanity: None
Violence: The coach has a heart attack, a team member is murdered.
Sexual Intercourse: None
Nudity: None
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: None
Drug Abuse: The coach is a smoker until he has a serious heart attack.
Other: None
Running Time: 115 minutes
Intended Audience: 10 on Up

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