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Must-See Movies for Football Fans

Someone doesn’t have to be a fan of football to enjoy football movies, although it doesn’t hurt. Quite a few awesome football movies are out there. Some are funny, some are poignant, and a few will make viewers cry. Others offer lighthearted, good-natured fun for the sports enthusiast. Most of them, however, have one thing in common: the ability to leave the viewer cheering for lovable characters who overcome some type of adversity with a winning spirit and usually with the help of a team.

One of the most recent football movies to make a big impact on the silver screen is “The Blind Side.” This 2009 flick is based on the Michael Lewis bookThe Blind Side: Evolution of a Game.It stars the always-spot-on Sandra Bullock as a caring sports fanatic who, with the help of her family, befriends and subsequently adopts a traumatized homeless boy and helps him become an All-American player and a first-round draft pick for the NFL. It is based on the true-life story of the Baltimore Ravens’ offensive lineman Michael Oher. Bullock won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the film, which was nominated for Best Picture.

Some football movies have the capacity to inspire, and “Radio” is certainly one of them. This 2003 classic is also based on a true story that was adapted for the screen and brought to life by “The Rookie” screenwriter, Mike Rich. This movie features a mentally challenged boy, Radio, played by Cuba Gooding, Jr., who is befriended by Ed Harris’ character, Coach Harold Jones. The boy is allowed to help out with the school’s football team and continues to support the team for three decades despite controversy and sometimes ill treatment he receives in the process. Overall, “Radio” is a feel-good movie based on an inherently moving story with some solid performances and talented actors.

Another football movie based on a true story that sticks in the hearts of fans is “Gridiron Gang.” This 2006 movie stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as a counselor at a juvenile detention center who sets out to teach a group of teens teamwork and self-esteem by forming a football team. It is based on the true story of a team that was made up of juvenile offenders in Los Angeles-the Kilpatrick Mustangs. At times corny but always well intentioned, this movie brings with it an uplifting message and lessons in overcoming adversity. แทงบาคาร่า

If football-movie fans don’t get enough of “The Rock” in “Gridiron Gang,” then they will also enjoy another Dwayne Johnson football extravaganza-“The Game Plan.” This 2007 Walt Disney flick features The Rock as a playboy quarterback whose is suddenly thrust into parenthood while at an important turning point in his career when he is forced to care for an eight-year-old child that he never knew existed. What ensues is a jumble of fun and life lessons, some earned a bit harder than others as Johnson’s character gets a crash course in fatherhood, all to the chagrin of his greedy agent, played by Kyra Sedgwick.

Burt Reynolds stuffed into a form-fitting football uniform becomes an instant classic football-themed movie. Those who love Adam Sandler will be hard-pressed not to find themselves rooting for “The Longest Yard.” This 2005 football movie can’t lose with its winning combination of all-star castmates, including Chris Rock and Nelly, as prison inmates who form a football team. The opposition is none other than the Allenville Penitentiary guards. This movie is actually a remake from a raucous Robert Aldrich 1970s sports movie by the same name and is a rip-roaring ride of endless gay jokes and footballs-to-the-down-there area, a la Three-Stooges-type comedic performances.

Burt Reynolds’ performance in “The Longest Yard” was not his first venture into football-movie territory. He also put in a memorable performance decades ago in 1977’s “Semi Tough.” This comedy also stars Kris Kristofferson and Jill Clayburgh-the other two segments of a love triangle that makes for a fun ride, even for a dated film that most folks have never heard about. Based on the Dan Jenkins novel, the film received mixed reviews from critics and is filled with religious parodies with an overall theme of self-improvement and motivation as the keys to personal fulfillment.

 

 

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