Disclaimer: I received complimentary tickets to see this movie in exchange for a review, all opinions are my own.
I almost had to miss previewing When The Game Stands Tall. I had the chance to preview this movie in July and had to miss due to a scheduling conflict. I was so bummed, but God had a plan in mind and knew exactly the day I needed to see the movie. My husband graduated from EMT school in May and got his certification test completed in July. Ever since then he had his heart set on this one company to work with. They paid the most and had lots of other benefits. He applied once and didn’t get the job and then got a second chance. He went to that second interview on Tuesday. He still didn’t get the job and has no more opportunities left to get a job there until he finishes Paramedic school. . He was discouraged when he came home. A couple of hours later, I got a message that was a last-minute screening I could go to and we jumped at the chance. It is a great movie and was an inspiration and motivation for my husband. God ministered to my husband through When the Game Stands Tall.
When the Game Stands Tall Movie Review
When the Game Stands Tall is based on a true story. It is a story about a football team that had an awesome winning streak, the best in football history. The team was strong because of the way the coach handled the team. The coach made the game less than winning touchdowns and more about winning in life. Several traumatic events happened to the team and a couple of times in the middle of the movie I was choked up with tears. Some of the events made the coach wonder if he was making a difference anymore. He didn’t care about winning and it seemed like that was what all the new season players cared about. His lessons were falling on deaf ears. The coach doesn’t give up though and through some unconventional teaching methods begins to see a difference.
The football playing in the movie is amazing! I am not a huge football fan, mainly because I don’t understand every aspect of the game and my husband is not a huge fan. Sweat, blood, and tears- you saw the team experience it all. The plays were amazing and in the end football scene you could feel the disbelief and honor during the final seconds of the clock ticking down.
This movie reminded us of Facing the Giants but without all the Bible references. God is mentioned and a few Bible verses are mentioned, but they were not central to the story. The movie is rated PG and does have some violence and references to smoking. The violence is due to come of the students living in the “ghetto” and fits in the movie.
I give this movie 5/5 stars!