Sunday, August 31, 2014
When the Game Stands Tall: Winning isn't Everything
True story. And that's the problem.
This flick about a high school football team on a winning streak should have scored a touch down. Alas, it's barely a first down.
It stars Jim Caviezel as legendary couch Bob Ladouceur of the Northern California Spartans and judging from Caviezel's performance, Ladouceur must have been a pretty dour character. Still, his values are laudable. He's more concerned with molding future citizens than creating current heroes. The movie suffers from another problem, too. Sometimes reality needs a bunch of tweaking to create the dramatic ark needed for a winning film.
But the message for young people is a fine one. Let's hope they can sit through the dull parts.