“When The Game Stands Tall,” PG, *****Plus, Jim Caviezel, Alexander Lindwig, Michael Chikis, Laura Dern. Sony Pictures. Director Thomas Carter. Length 115 minutes.
I used the name of the song above to emphasize what life is all about in work, play, sports, and everyday living.
This film did not get a great deal of hype, but it is an outstanding film for the entire family. I did not know much about the film, and I was very lackadaisical about the movie, because I was thinking it was just a regular sports film. I was wrong.
This is for everyone whether the reader is a football fan or not. It is about life.
It is based on a true story about a football team that won 151 straight games. De Le Salle High School in Concord, California, holds that record. Coach Bob Ladouceur was the leader, and he is still there coaching.
Coach Ladouceur (Jim Caviezel) does not like his team to use showmanship. He is a person of integrity and a love for students. He instills in them a desire to behave on and off the field.
Coach Ladouceur believes in facing one’s fears. With a mild mannered nature, he has an excellent way of getting the best out of his team.
This outstanding film is more about polite attitude, hard work, and doing the right thing on and off the field. What we do everyday with our lives, how we treat all people, and working together as a team makes this film a terrific story for everybody.
As I was watching the film, I thought this is for everybody. This means coaches, teachers, and all individuals. Coaches, teachers, church groups, and everyone that believes in a doing the right thing in life, should see this film. Well, everybody should see it. The film is about life and the importance of being a person of integrity, honesty, and compassion. Know all of the facts before making a decision. There are a lot of individuals that should think before they make certain decisions.
Taking students to see “When The Game Stands Tall” and watching as a team will allow conversation after the film is over.
There is a lot of football scenes that will keep the audience glued to the screen.
Again, it is for everybody, because of the integrity of the coach and the team. It does have some very sad moments, but life does give us the good, bad, and ugly.
I write the above, because I am no longer in the school system, but I will always do what I can to help students, teachers and others. “Once a Teacher - Always a Teacher.” This means teaching others no matter what your job. Using technology for education, giving students the opportunity to be their very best along with having respect for others allows us to teach wherever we may be.
The film is about life, its up-and-downs along with tragedy. It takes the audience on a journey that will stay in one’s thoughts a long time.
As Frank Sinatra would say, in his song “That’s Life” — riding high in April, shot down in May — Each time I find myself flat on my face — I pick myself up and get back in the race.
It has great ideas for everyone. Stay for the credits, because they have used actual footage of the real coach. The story will stay with the viewer for a long time. I have left out some for fear of giving away too much. It is a journey the audience should experience for themselves. This film will warm one’s heart and soul.
(Terry Burns is a movie critic for the Daily Corinthian. In his rating system, five stars plus means the movie is a must see.)