Title: When the Game Stands Tall (Sony Pictures)
I am a sucker for movies about Football. I also love good clean entertainment. Which means the movie is good enough to stand on it’s own without appealing to the natural man/woman in all of us — and means it’s left all the cuss words, sexual innuendo and filthy sex scenes in the trash bin where they belong. The movie “When the Games Stands Tall” fits this bill.
I took most of my family (ages 6-15) to see this movie because we have quite a few football fans in our ranks and it just looked like a the type of show I like. I’ll start by quoting the description of the movie taken directly from the Shows Sony page linked above.
Inspired by a true story, WHEN THE GAME STANDS TALL tells the remarkable journey of legendary football coach Bob Ladouceur (Jim Caviezel), who took the De La Salle High School Spartans from obscurity to a 151-game winning streak that shattered all records for any American sport.
Rotten Tomatoes (at the time of this writing) ranked it at 17% (Click link for latest rating).
I’m not sure how they come up with the ratings, but that’s not even close to my thoughts on it. I would give it an arbitrary 90% at least. The movie does have that feel good “Christian” type movie feeling to it to a small degree, but it isn’t nearly as bad as other movies I’ve seen that fall into that category. If you can get past that part of the film, you’ll be just fine and will enjoy it quite a lot.
I will just say I loved it. My boys loved it, my wife loved it, and even my daughter loved it. Need a good movie to see, this is it — unless of course you don’t like football, in which case it’s still a good movie and you should still see it ;).
I like this movie well enough that I’ll own it when it comes out on Blu-ray.