Thursday, August 25, 2011

Movie Review: Game Time: Tackling the Past

The Premiere of Game Time: Tackling the Past is on
Saturday, September 3, 2011 on NBC at 8pm ET/7pm CT.

Film Synopsis:
Pro football star Jake Walker is living the dream… or so he thinks. The veteran tight end is a fan favorite and on pace to set the all-time receiving yards record that will guarantee him a spot in the Hall of Fame. While working out at training camp, Jake receives an unexpected call from his brother Dean – their father Frank has suffered a major heart attack. Jake immediately leaves practice and returns to Riverton, North Carolina, the small hometown he’s avoided for nearly 15 years. Memories of glory and regret flood his mind as he returns to the family and friends he abandoned in pursuit of his career. Jake dutifully visits with Frank and Dean, but hurt and misunderstanding from the past begins to resurface, leaving him counting the days until he can return to his team.

A second unexpected call, this time from his agent, delivers Jake another crushing blow. His contract is not being renewed amid concerns about his surgically repaired knee. Suddenly, the life Jake knows is over. To avoid the media circus around this news, Jake reluctantly decides to extend his stay in Riverton. Attempting to make the best of the situation, he begins reconnecting with the community that once revered him. Jake is reintroduced to Sarah, his high school sweetheart, and helps Dean take over their father’s high school coaching job.

Surprisingly impacted by the people around him, the real Jake begins to emerge from behind his armor to see that life is much more than the accumulation of personal stats. But when Jake’s offered a lucrative new contract to play for another team, he is forced to decide whether to go back to the career he thought he loved, or stay in Riverton and embrace the people who always believed in him. 
My thoughts and opinions:
I was recently presented with the opportunity to preview the latest Family Movie Night film, Game Time: Tackling the Past, presented by Walmart and P&G. I love movies, especially family friendly movies that I can watch with my children. Needless to say, I jumped at the chance to get a sneak peak at this film!

Some of my favorite family movie night films are based around sports. I think this is because most team sports encourage honesty, respect, a sense of camaraderie, and good sportsmanship. I like these qualities and I encourage them in my children. I prefer for the family films that we watch to highlight these attributes as well. I am happy to say that the latest Family Movie Night film, Game Time: Tackling the Past, does just that.

Game Time: Tackling the Past shows what being part of a team is all about, whether that team is your family or a high school football team. This film highlights the contrast between looking out for number one and being a contributing member of a group. On the field or off the message in this film is clear, doing what is right matters. Being honest with yourself and with others is important.

Although this film is about a professional football player, it is less about the actual game of football and more about being a good role model. The positively portrayed characters in this film are the people who do not compromise their ethics, even when everyone else does.

Game Time: Tackling the Past is all about honesty, integrity, and family. You do not have to be a sport fanatic to enjoy this film. There are not a whole slew of technical terms bombarding you as you watch this film.

There are no inappropriate scenes that you have to sensor. There is no bad language or adult humor that you will have to explain. This truly is a family friendly film that the whole family can enjoy.

To visit the official Family Movie Night website click HERE. 

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Disclosure: I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of P&G and received a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.

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