Number of Times Seen – 1 (14 Jan 2016)
Brief Synopsis – Documentary that follows a high school football team that aspires for greatness both on and off the field.
My Take on it – This is not generally the kind of documentary that I usually enjoy.
In some ways, it reminded me of Hoop Dreams (1994), but I felt that the focus here was more on the coach and his coaching style instead of on the players themselves.
Coach Bill Courtney has a great philosophy on and off the field and I really liked how we are shown how much he cares for his players and their futures.
They did a wonderful job following the players during the year and letting us understand how each of their lives evolved both in their field work and their home lives.
The tools that Coach Courtney imbues on them resonates in both parts of their lives helping them become both better players and better men.
Bottom Line – I liked the philosophy of Coach Courtney for his players both on and off the field. The story feel right and they did a comprehensive job of following the stories of the players in their fieldwork, but also in their everyday lives which help them build strength as both players and men. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Was rejected by the prestigious Sundance festival in 2012, so its directors was accepted and shown at the South By Southwest Festival in Austin–where it was bought for distribution and went on to win the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature. (From IMDB)
Rating –Globe Worthy
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