(2015) (Finn Wittrock, Aaron Eckhart) (PG-13)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Drama: Despite being small, a football player excels in both high school and college, but must contend with a serious challenge that threatens his career.
- It's 1966 and Freddie Steinmark (FINN WITTROCK) is a star player on his high school's football team -- thanks in part to the support his parents, Gloria (ROBIN TUNNEY) and Fred (MICHAEL REILLY BURKE) -- and he's drawn the romantic attention of new classmate Linda Wheeler (SARAH BOLGER). They're soon a couple and discussing the future, including Freddie's dreams of playing football at Notre Dame and then back in Denver with the Broncos on a professional level.
His diminutive size, however, has likely been the cause of no offer from Notre Dame or other schools. But his association with transfer quarterback Bobby Mitchell (RETT TERRELL) ends up getting both of them scholarships to play at the University of Texas under head coach Darrell Royal (AARON ECKHART). He likes what he sees in the boys and other players such as fellow quarterback James Street (JUSTON STREET), and it's not long before Freddie's steadfast determination earns him a starting spot on the squad as just a sophomore.
But as the physical demands of practice and the games take a toll on his body, it's unclear if Freddie will be able to maintain his output on the field, while his nagging pains increasingly worry Linda, coach Royal and others that something else might be amiss with him.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- If they're into movies about football, they might show some interest.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
- For thematic elements, language and brief partial nudity.
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