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Review: “My All American”

Review: “My All American”

Reviewer: Phil Boatwright

CREDITS: Finn Wittrock, Aaron Eckhart, Sarah Bolger, Robin Tunney, Michael Reilly Burke, Rett Terrell, Juston Street. Written by Angelo Pizzo, based upon the book “Courage Beyond the Game: The Freddie Steinmark Story” by Jim Dent. Directed by Angelo Pizzo. 11/13/15

FILM SYNOPSIS: What Freddie Steinmark (Finn Wittrock) wants most in the world is to play football. Deemed too small by the usual athletic standards, his father trains him hard, and Freddie brings a fight to the game that ultimately gets him noticed — by none other than legendary University of Texas coach Darrell Royal (Aaron Eckhart). Awarded a scholarship and a chance to play for the Longhorns, Freddie sets off to Austin with his loving high school sweetheart Linda (Sarah Bolger), determined to make the team.

Alongside his old teammate Bobby Mitchell (Rett Terrell) and new pal James Street (Juston Street), Freddie is put through the paces of a grueling practice schedule, but the boys’ camaraderie off the field translates into solid playing on it, and they rise up the depth charts, giving the Longhorns a real chance to turn around their losing record. But just when they’re reveling in the success of the season, Freddie suffers an injury that leads to a shocking diagnosis and the biggest challenge he will ever face.

From the writer of HOOSIERS and RUDY, MY ALL AMERICAN tells the true story of a boy who became a hero and what it truly means to have the heart of a champion.

REPORTER’S REVIEW: There just doesn’t seem to be an end to collegiate football movies wherein the players and we learn life lessons. But the great ones, and I feel My All American falls into that category, manage to hold our attention despite the fact that we have seen it all before. Even for those of us not so much into sports, there’s a positive message that throws back to the belief that we need to work to make it in life, and we need to work together to make sure everybody else does.

What’s more, while there is a lot of football played in the film, it’s really about people of character. Freddie Steinmark was a person of faith, a decent young man with a dream worth fighting for. You’ll be entertained and moved by his gallant effort to overcome.

PG

Content Summary:

Obscene Language: Around 15 minor expletives and one obscenity

Profanity: I caught no misuse of God’s name.

Violence: Football heroics.

Sex: None

Nudity: Brief backside male nudity as a player jokes with his team

Drugs: None

Other: We see the main protagonist in prayer and also helping his friend to pray after the loss of his brother to the war in Viet Nam.

Intended Audience: Teens and up

By: Film and DVD Reviews by Phil Boatwright: theMovieReporter.com. Besides providing a monthly column for Baptist Press, Phil Boatwright reviews films for www.previewonline.org. He also is a regular contributor to “The World and Everything In it,” a weekly radio program from WORLD News Group, which also publishes WORLD Magazine.

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