We review a sports film released in 2014, When the Game Stands Tall. We enjoyed this movie and appreciated the fact that is was based on a true story. It had interesting characters and an engaging plot. When the Game Stands Tall suffers from a few sports cliches, but is still an amazing film that is well worth your time.
When the Game Stands Tall was a film that released in theaters on August 22nd, 2014. This movie received positive reviews and had a great a run in theaters. If you’d like to find out more about purchasing When the Game Stands Tall, you can visit our website at www.fishflix.com
Inspired by a true story, WHEN THE GAME STANDS TALL tells the remarkable journey of legendary football coach Bob Ladouceur (Jim Caviezel), who took the De La Salle High School Spartans from obscurity to a 151-game winning streak that shattered all records for any American sport.
We at FishFlix.com were looking forward to the release of this film, and I actually went to see it when it was in theaters. Being a football and Christian movie fan, I was excited to see this movie and I can honestly say I wasn’t disappointed. This is a fun sports movie, but it also has a lot of heart and a fascinating story.
Similar in style to Do You Believe?, When the Game Stands Tall follows multiple characters, all involved in the sports team, and as the film progresses, we begin to learn about each of their struggles and how they try to overcome them.
This movie takes the traditional principle of “winning isn’t everything” and drives it home with an emphasis on faith. It shows us that we need to get our priorities straight, and it talks about how much more important is that we focus on our relationship with God, instead of winning another football game.
When the Game Stands Tall is based on a true story, and it kept me really engaged. After the film, I remember doing a lot of research because I genuinely wanted to know what happened to these characters in real life. This film takes you on an emotional journey as well, from the exceptional highs of the longest winning streak in history to the heartbreak of when that streak finally ends.
This film is also fantastic from a cinematography angle. The sports scenes are well shot and very intense and they really will keep you on the edge of your seat. This film suffers from a few tropes and cliches common to the sports film genre, but overall, this movie is an enjoyable and must-see Christian movie.
This movie has a few issues keeping it from being entirely family friendly, with some language, intense scenes, and other thematic elements. We like to follow the Dove Foundation’s rating, which rates this movie as appropriate for ages 12 and up.
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