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Remember the Titans

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Inspiring football drama brings history to life.

Movie PG 2000 113 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 14 parent reviews

age 8+

Great sports story with a positive message

age 10+

A bit too tidy

This film is very watchable, predictable, and manipulative. This does not take away from the film's charm. However, it is far too reductive in its portrayal of race relations and puts a bit too much faith in football for my taste. Everyone performs well and it all feels heartfelt, but it is also all a bit too tidy and cue the swelling music.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (14 ):
Kids say (50 ):

This movie about the real-life integration of a Virginia high school football team teeters on the brink of cliché and stereotype but manages to come down on the side of archetype. That's thanks to a sure script, solid direction, and another sensational performance by Denzel Washington. Remember the Titans is the kind of movie that begins with all the characters attending a funeral under a bright autumn sun and then takes us back to where it all began. This is the kind of movie in which people say things like, "Is this even about football anymore or is it just about you?" and where the supreme bonding moment is singing Motown songs together. In other words, no surprises here. If everyone hadn't achieved a sense of brotherhood that transcended race and it hadn't all turned out pretty well, Disney would not have made a movie about it. But that just leaves us free to enjoy the movie's appealing characters and special moments. And that's all right. There is a reason for the classic structure of the sports movie -- we like to watch raw recruits learn honor and loyalty out there on the field when it's done right, and here it is done very nicely.

Washington is, as ever, that rarest of pleasures, equally an actor and a movie star. His power to mesmerize and inspire as a performer works perfectly with his role as a coach who can capture the attention and loyalty of these teen boys. Boone is so secure in himself that he can devote all of his energy to the team, so he inspires them by example.

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