Undefeated

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +3

Content: +2

Sports documentary directed by Dan Lindsay and TJ Martin.

FILM SYNOPSIS: Set in inner-city Memphis, Undefeated chronicles the Manassas Tigers’ 2009 football season on and off the field, as they strive to win the first playoff game in the high school’s 110-year history. A coming-of-age documentary that provides audiences with an intimate view of an underprivileged group of teens and their inspirational coach, it follows the team as they attempt to make history.

PREVIEW REVIEW: It just may be the best sports documentary I ever saw. Perhaps that’s because like any great movie about sports, it’s not really about sports. At one point the coach says, “Football doesn’t develop character. Football reveals character.”

Coach Bill Courtney loves coaching, mostly because he wants to help young men find their way, just as a caring coach once did for him. And that’s what this film is about – young people finding their way.

There are definite Christian themes incorporated and we hear sincere prayers spoken by coach and team. It also incorporates themes of forgiveness and perseverance, doing so without bombarding viewers with abusive content. However, it’s not sugary sweet. There are a few expletives left in, about the harshest being a few s-words, mainly meant to keep it honest.

Perhaps a bit too long, with one too many endings, but this winner of several festival awards is involving, insightful and uplifting.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
Distributor:
Spitfire Pictures

Summary
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Crude Language: None

Obscene Language: Five or so s-words and a few minor expletives.

Profanity: None

Violence: A member of the team is hurt out on the field; a brief skirmish between two players is broken up by the coach.

Sex: None

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: None

Other: None

Running Time: 113 minutes
Intended Audience: 10 and Up


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