This isn’t a movie for movie fans; it’s a movie for football fans, so that’s how I’m going to review it. (Because I am — Roll Tide!)
There was a high school football team in the theater with me when I watched the movie. They seemed to enjoy the movie and there were lots of “oohs and aahs” during the football scenes – which were well done.
I think the message the movie tries to bring home (Matthew 23:12) was handled well without being too preachy. And it perfectly fit with the trials and tribulations that the team faced.
The scenes that were ancillary to the main football story were dramatic and added depth to the characters. Best of all the story didn’t dwell overly long on those scenes before getting back to the main plot.
This won’t go down as one of the great sports movies, but it a welcome addition to the genre.