A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Shows a former star athlete whose fame went to his head expressing remorse over his past behavior.
Positive Role Models
Bosworth expresses remorse over his egocentric behavior while he was a star football player at the collegiate and professional levels. He has clearly learned from his mistakes, as he's shown talking about his past with his teenage son. He learns and demonstrates gratitude, integrity, and humility.
Violence & Scariness
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"Hell." Other profanity is bleeped out.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Brian and the Boz is a 2014 ESPN documentary that follows the rise, fall, and redemption of one of 1980s football's most colorful characters. He was known in his heyday as a cocky egomaniac who marketed his image as football's "bad boy" to the hilt before being suspended and eventually kicked off the Oklahoma Sooners for steroid use and unsportsmanlike behavior. But this documentary shows Bosworth, decades later, to be a changed man -- genuinely contrite for his actions as he shows his son the memorabilia his own father kept of his glory days on the field. Love him or hate him -- and for football fans in the '80s, there was no in-between -- what emerges is the study of an athlete who lost sight of who he was as the pressures of fame mounted and eventually learned from his mistakes, which cost him his career in football. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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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