A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Josh is still mourning his father's death, but the good role modeling provided by his coach and his mom's new boyfriend help him to begin to move on with his life. Girls take a secondary role here, however. They are cheerleaders or are on the sideline.
Violence & Scariness
Football is brutal, but not violent, per se.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Josh's mom dates after her husband dies. She is shown wearing short skirts and makeup when she goes on dates. She and Dr. Sullivan share a couple of kisses.
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"Fanny." "Kick butt."
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Products & Purchases
Football teams, like Seattle Seahawks, Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers are featured. Mom drives a Toyota truck.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The football coach eats food like he's got a food addiction!
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the fact that life goes on after a loved one's death colors the plot of this movie. Josh's moods reflect his disgust with the idea of his mom dating someone else. But he learns to trust again, which is an important lesson. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This movie is fun and actually rather moving. Josh's relationship with his dog really highlights how a pet can change the dynamic of an otherwise melancholy home. Moreover, the thoughtful performance that Kevin Zegers brings to the fore is very believable. This counterbalances the comedic aspect of the dog-in-a-football-uniform-winning-the-game formula. A good choice for a family movie night!
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