Parents' Guide to

23 Blast

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Inspiring true-life tale about blind football player.

Movie PG-13 2014 98 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 18+

Not Accurate Review!

The Main review says that there is no language or Inappropriate Behavior, but there was quite a bit of profanity and some inappropriate content (not as bag as it could be, but still awkward and to me, inappropriate)! It was very disappointing to read how clean this movie was only to be surprised when I watched it! I don't understand how they have to ruin a good story with this stuff!

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 11+

good movie, but info is not accurate

My 8&9 year olds enjoyed the movie, but the review was not complete in the "language" and "sexy stuff". Crap, Hell, and Damn are all used, there is a lot of drinking, and there is flirting, a pretty serious kiss, and an awkward bedroom scene where the main character takes off his shirt in front of the girl and she just stares at his chest before he asks for help putting his shirt on, which she then helps before his dad busts into the room and they pull apart as if they were doing something wrong. just FYI for more conservative watchers!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4):
Kids say (5):

Baker takes what could be a preachy script based on real lives and turns it into an even-handed movie with a largely pleasing story of triumph over adversity. A few cliches were probably unavoidable -- Timothy Busfield is a caricature as the school athletic director, meddling with the coach's decisions. But Lang brings depth, humor, and Kentucky charm to the seen-it-all coach who gives Travis a chance.

The inevitable and climactic Big Game and its formulaic drama are handled well in the script, acting, and especially direction. Hapka, who looks like a young Matt Damon, and Hoover, as the damaged-but-loyal Jerry, both make their long friendship believable. Disability can be a difficult subject for children, and this movie may not be for every tween, but some may be inspired to work through their own shortcomings and challenges after seeing this.

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