Our Guys: Outrage at Glen Ridge (1999)

“Some fantasy. Nobody wants to see what’s crawling under the rock of the American Dream. ” – Robert Laurino

Number of Times Seen – 1 (2 Jun 2021)

Brief Synopsis – A new police detective in a small town decides to investigate crimes committed by the local star football team against a mentally challenged girl in the town.

My Take on it – Intriguing idea based on a true story that works despite it being a made for TV movie.

Ally Sheedy and Eric Stoltz both do fine jobs in this film even if the story seems to be presented in too tame a fashion.

The movie came out at a time when this controversy was still quite fresh in many peoples minds.

The way that things are presented isn’t as compelling as one would hope for but they still are quite adequate in the way that it all is shown.

I really liked the way that they shown the torn loyalties between various pillars of the community since they aren’t actually sure whether they should try and find justice or root for their star athletes who bring so much honor to the town via their sports accomplishments.

Unfortunately, this film’s premise is based on real events and there have been far too many similar circumstances over the past few decades.

This film does get credit for attempting to make more headlines with this kind of story even if it could have been done much better.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Both Ally Sheedy and Eric Stoltz’s names are misspelled on the movie poster. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)


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