When The Game Stands Tall – Review

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Unwrapping the box, I discovered to my surprise, the copy of the movie contained a DVD and Blu-Ray copy of this movie, with a free code from Sony Entertainments to download a copy of the movie for your personal library.

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Family Christian has been a fantastic place for me to buy things and when I received this copy to review I was really thoroughly surprised that it had both in it!

The Synopsis

Inspired by a true story, in 2003, high-school football coach Bob Ladouceur (played by Jim Caviezel) and his De La Salle Spartans have just completed an incredible 151 consecutive victories and 12-straight state championships. While the team’s seniors receive offers from colleges all over the country, the advancing juniors look forward to making their mark.

However, beloved “Coach Lad” has a brush with calamity, while the Spartans face their most-challenging, most-unpredictable season yet.

 After this Coach Lad must teach his players –   and the entire town – that it’s not about how you fall, but how you get back up

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His approach to the game, one that he has given most of his life to, is perhaps best summed up in this quotation from Matthew 23:13 that is recited onscreen: “Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled. And whoever humbles himself shall be exalted.” In other words, it is not about you, it is about others.

My review:

I loved this movie for the plain and simple fact, I love high school football!  When I first unwrapped it and just looked at the cover, I thought to myself another movie about Texas Football!!!  Boy was I surprised!!  Which was a great surprise.  When the game stands tall, was a really great movie about a fantastic coach named Bob Ladouceur.  “Coach Lad” was not only a magnificent coach, but an amazing man.  His philosophy on how to talk to teens was amazing,   I would have loved to have had a “Coach Lad” as a coach in anything I took.

The main thing about this movie is that the kids respected him.  I mean really respected him,  Not only did they listen, they trusted.

There was a lot of football in this movie and that in and of itself had me thoroughly enjoying it.  Also the back story of “Coach Lad” and his health as well as the interactions between each player and their friends, was really great.  I do not want to say too much, but let me just say that the back story was fantastic, sad, happy and very inspiring!

There are some things to be concerned with as a parent.  An abusive father, a couple of curse words, and some other things  I’ve added the review from Plugged in Movie Review and they go through each situation that could be considered scary or derogatory.

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I would allow any preteen from 8 and up to watch the movie, although your younger kids, this would give you the perfect opportunity for some very good conversations about some of the things in the movie.

and here is a great free resource that is downloadable to help you with this discussion from Plugged in Movie Review

 

 here is the official trailer of the movie

 

Here is the Plugged In Movie Review of When the Game Stands Tall  http://www.pluggedin.com/videos/2014/q4/when-the-game-stands-tall.aspx

 

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I pray that you enjoy this movie as much as I did and that your family takes the opportunity to watch it together and use it as a jumping off point for a lot of great conversations between you and your kids.  Enjoy a great family night with the movie, some great popcorn and a warm fire!

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