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Brian and the Boz

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Smart docu about controversial football player's redemption.

Movie NR 2014 51 minutes
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As with so many other documentaries in ESPN's "30 for 30" series, this documentary presents an illuminating and revealing study of moments and characters that are familiar to sports fans. And it goes the extra mile to give the complete story. In this instance, the story is of Brian "The Boz" Bosworth, one of football's most controversial stars from the 1980s. Although his heyday was in the '80s, this documentary explores an all-too-familiar contemporary theme: A talented star athlete's cultivated media image spirals out of control, culminating in ego trumping talent and fame trumping the simple love of sport.

Through footage of Bosworth's plays on the field and antics off the field interspersed with more recent scenes of Bosworth and his teenage son going through a collection of memorabilia from his career, the portrait that emerges is of a man who feels a tremendous amount of remorse for letting fame and ego spin out of control at the cost of his football career. Those who only remember "The Boz" as the trash-talking cocky linebacker for the Sooners who tried to take on the NCAA might be surprised at this older, wiser, and contrite Bosworth. Brian and the Boz is an excellent documentary with plenty of life lessons; families are likely to find many discussion points.

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