Friday, September 5, 2014

When the Game Stands Tall joins the ranks of Remember the Titans and Friday Night Lights

The Hit

Some are saying When the Game Stands Talls is as good or better than Remember the Titans. After seeing it, I can say that it hits you in the feel goods as much as iconic football movies like Remember the Titans and Friday Night Lights. Not only does it accurately represent the game of football, When the Game Stans tall teaches values and morals to a greater extent.

When the Game Stands Tall is based on a high school football team, the De La Salle High School Spartans, achieving the unthinkable and unimaginable: a winning streak of 151 games and 0 losses. After a little research, I found out it is currently the longest winning streak held by a football team, including the NFL and college levels. That being said, all good things must come to an end. After so many undefeated seasons, the movie shows us the school's record-ending loss and the senior class involved with the defeat. 

Anyone who has played a sport knows how a loss hurts. In When the Game Stands Tall, that feeling is multiplied many times over. After their record is broken, the team (including runningback Chris Ryan, played by Alexander Ludwig) is down and the only person to lift them back up is their coach, the same man started and saw the end of their streak. Coach Bob Ladouceur (Jim Caviezel) delivers a motivating pep talk, and states that the winning streak was never the goal. He stresses that the team is family, a brotherhood to be depended on. He states that the love of family means that you can count on me in good times as in bad.

This movie was amazing. When the Game Stands Tall shows a team high in the clouds and as low as dirt and how they find redemption. I urge any football fan to go see this movie. You will fall in love with the players, the coaches, and be touched by the values shown that carry on through life, not just football.

The Verdict

  • SEE IT
  • Don't see it
  • Rent it 

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