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It has been called one of the greatest sports stories ever told - but the tale of coaching legend Bob Ladouceur and his team's incredible run of high school football victories, known as "the streak," is about far more than the thrill of sports. It is also about a tight-knit band of brothers who came to see, in one tumultuous year of tragedy and triumph, that winning was never the point.
Drama - This is an inspirational football
movie loosely based on a true story.
While the main high school is a
religious school, there is only
subtle messages about faith. Fans of
Jim Caviezel should be pleased
though Laura Dern and especially
Michael Chiklis fans may be
disappointed by their minimal roles.
While there is very brief language,
some mature subject matter, and all
manner of football hits, most
families will find this to be all-
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Average When the Game Stands Tall is one of those cliché-riddled feel good movies that, by trying too hard to be inspirational, ends up as cloying and overly sentimental.
Roger EbertFull Review Average But even though 'When the Game Stands Tall' comes alive occasionally, it is basically a dropped ball.
NY PostFull Review Good Heartwarming football drama is more than just a 'Game'
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GREAT REVIEWS! All ages, both males and females, rated "When the Game Stands Tall" extremely high. Two of the three "Professional" critic reviews we provide rated this movie "average." As you can see from these moviegoer reviews, only a very small percentage rated this movie as low as "average." THIS IS A "MUST SEE MOVIE."
The story begins in 2003, just as the Spartans have completed an incredible, record-busting run of 12 straight State Championships and 151 consecutive victories. With the team's outstanding Senior Class fielding offers left and right from college football powerhouses, the Juniors are looking forward to their own big year ahead. But nothing goes as planned. Instead of things coming easy, they are tested by an unpredictable season of devastating personal and team losses. Yet even as the streak collides with reality, and Ladouceur confronts his own brush with calamity, the team stands together no matter what. Suddenly, they are headed for a comeback aimed not so much at victory as at giving their all for one another.