Flash Movie Review: When the Game Stands Tall

At the time no one had heard the term politically correct. I grew to dislike team sports from my physical education classes in elementary and high school. Those classes had nothing to do with health I discovered once I was in college. Except for twice a year where we were tested to see how many sit-ups and chin-ups we could do, the majority of the time was spent being picked for a team and being told we had to try and crush the other team. There were a couple of gym teachers who could have been on the “before” posters regarding the benefits of exercising. One in particular always had the stench of cigarette smoke wafting out of his pores. He was the most inappropriate person to be a teacher. When teams were formed he would give us a pep talk, telling us we had to slaughter and beat our opponents. There could only be one winner and one loser; he would verbally abuse the players during the game. I did not want to be a part of those classes, so I focused on individual sports activities outside of school.    COMPLETELY opposite from my high school instructor was the teacher in this dramatic sports film inspired by a true story. Jim Caviezel (The Thin Red Line, Person of Interest-TV) played the inspirational teacher and football coach Bob Ladouceur. Working with his team, the De La Salle High School Spartons, Coach Ladouceur along with his assistant Coach Terry Eidson, played by Michael Chiklis (Fantastic Four franchise, The Shield-TV), led the players to an unheard of record-breaking streak of 151 wins. This movie had the perfect story to tell for both the sports and non-sports minded viewer. For someone who does not follow football, I knew their winning streak was unheard of with any professional sports team. The game scenes were actually exciting throughout the film. What was a total disservice to the story was the horrible script; it was dull, lifeless and filled with cliches that were meant to move the viewer. The cast which also included Laura Dern (The Fault in Our Stars, The Master) as Bev Ladouceur, Alexander Ludwig (The Hunger Games, Lone Survivor) as Chris Ryan and Clancy Brown (The Shawshank Redemption, Starship Trooper) as Chris Ryan all did a decent job of acting with their characters. How the writers took what was an incredible story and put out this poor version was beyond me; especially when they showed clips of the actual people at the end of the film. Even I wanted to be part of that team, not the one depicted in this film.


1 3/4 stars

About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on August 27, 2014, in Drama and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. So, another one for Netflix, then? I was actually looking forward to seeing this movie. Oh well. I guess they can’t all be as good as GoG.

  2. Agreed Joltz, this script was very very bad. What could have been a compelling story was mauled by poor, generic writing. Great review my friend

    • Thanks Tom I always appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts and kind words here. Hasn’t the summer been weak for good movies? Be well.

      • Hmm. . .I’ve found several that have been quite good. Even the blockbusters this year seem to be a bit better than normal. But i’m not sure what ‘normal’ means 🙂 I do, however, think now is the time when the number of quality films decreases a bit as school transitions back into full session

      • Agree about the blockbusters but I have found there have been weekends where I did not care for any of the films I saw at the theater. That never happened in previous years. Right now we are going into a lull before the end of year Oscar race picks up.

  3. Oh, how I wish I had remembered to check your review before I wasted my money on this movie, MJoltz! It was so plodding and cliche that I didn’t even make it through to the end credits where they showed the actual people. And I agree, it has been a weak summer for good movies indeed.

    • Oh, what a shame you wasted money on this poorly done film. I, too, wish you would have checked with me first. Hopefully the 2 of us will find some exciting films in the fall. Thanks for coming by to tell me.

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