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"NATIONAL CHAMPIONS"
(2021) (Stephan James, J.K. Simmons) (R)


At-A-Glace Content Summary

Alcohol/Drugs Heavy
Blood/Gross Stuff Minor
Disrespectful/Bad Attitude Extreme
Frightening/Tense Scenes None
Gun/Weapons None
Imitative Behavior Mild
Jump Scenes None
Music (Scary/Tense) Heavy
Music (Inappropriate) None
Profanity Extreme
Sex/Nudity Heavy
Smoking None
Tense Family Scenes Heavy
Topics to Talk About Heavy
Violence None


QUICK TAKE:
Drama: Various coaches and power players must contend with a star college quarterback calling for a strike before the big championship game.
PLOT:

It's 72 hours before the college football championship game when Missouri Wolves star and recent Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback LeMarcus James (STEPHAN JAMES) and his teammate, Emmett Sunday (ALEXANDER LUDWIG), drop a bombshell on the sporting world by calling for a player strike over the NCAA making money off of their on-field work. This not only doesn't sit well with their coaches -- James Lazor (J.K. SIMMONS) and Ronnie Dunn (LIL REL HOWERY) -- but also a variety of power players in the world of college athletics.

That includes Southeastern Conference head Richard Everly (DAVID KOECHNER), NCAA executive Mike Titus (JEFFREY DONOVAN), and head booster Rodger Cummings (TIM BLAKE NELSON). But the one to be feared the most is outside consultant and fixer Katherine Poe (UZO ADUBA) who sets out to find anything incriminating on LeMarcus to blackmail him to stop his crusade and from getting other players to join them.

As the clock ticks down toward the big game, LeMarcus and Emmett stand their ground, all while Coach Lazor -- who's unaware his wife, Bailey (KRISTIN CHENOWETH), is having a fling with college professor Elliott Schmidt (TIMOTHY OLYPHANT) -- tries to talk sense into those two and the rest of the players.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
If they're into football, they might be interested in seeing it.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
For language throughout and sexual references.


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