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7 Yards: The Chris Norton Story

By JK Sooja, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Inspiring docu about resilient athlete has positive messages

Movie NR 2021 93 minutes
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age 8+

Based on 1 parent review

age 8+

Motivational true story about achieving your dreams and overcoming odds

This was an excellent, inspirational movie. Delightful and heart warming. These two have so much love to share, and to watch them make their dreams a reality, regardless of the odds, is beautiful. Truly beautiful.

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Chris Norton's story is inspiring, heartwarming, and uplifting. 7 Yards: The Chris Norton Story recounts Chris' journey from young college football star to tragedy to inspirational story. Rather than have talking heads retell Chris' story or use actors for reenactments, this film stars Chris himself, along with his parents, wife, friends, teammates, medical staff, physical therapists, and specialists. This technique is fascinating, as the movie, for instance, begins with a full recreation of the football game and moment during which Chris suffered a horrific spinal cord injury that left him immediately paralyzed. Including a full crowd of fans, his parents in the stands, football players, and medical staff, this scene establishes early that there will be more reenactments than actual or archival footage. There are plenty of glimpses of what years of physical therapy and hard work look like, including Chris reaching certain milestones. While the film stalls a bit in its last act, it still ultimately delivers with its positivity, hope, and satisfying emotional outcomes.

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