Number of Times Seen – 2 (2 May 2006 on DVD, 12 Jun 2013)
Brief Synopsis – A small town Texas football team must try to win when their star player is injured
My Take on it – When I rented this movie in 2006, I didn’t know much about it other than the fact that Peter Berg was the director and that it was a football movie. I really enjoyed it at the time and was enthralled by the football scenes.
A year later, they adapted it to TV with Kyle Chandler as the main character. I tried 3 times to watch the pilot episode and never made it thru it, just wasn’t interesting enough.
Having watched Berg’s bomb Very Bad Things (1998) a few weeks ago, I decided to re-watch this one too. I enjoyed it, but for some reason I wasn’t as enamored by it as I had been previously.
The movie is done well and Billy Bob Thornton was pretty good as the coach of the team. Connie Britton played his wife (a role she reprises in the TV series).
This movie well represents the heartache, glory, pain and elation of Texas High School football and it’s townspeople.
I still think that The Longest Yard (1974) is one of the best football movies ever made.
Bottom Line – Good football movie. Based on a true story. Recommended
Rating – Globe Worthy