Facing the Giants

Movie review by
Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Faith-based pigskin tale.
  • PG
  • 2007
  • 112 minutes

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 16 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 26 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Characters are shown facing their fears and not giving up -- presented with a strong Christian focus, which will be appealing to some and not to others. Another lesson: don't seek someplace new to follow your dreams, but "bloom where you're planted."

Violence & Scariness

Lots of tackling and football-related violence, but nothing graphic or bloody. Coach Taylor forces his player to push past pain even though he keeps saying he hurts.

Sexy Stuff

Brooke takes pregnancy tests. Grant finds out he's infertile and the couple talks about infertility.


Ford trucks are heavily represented.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that characters face adversity, like poverty, infertility, and generally not getting what they want. But the characters also succeed and face their challenges head-on. The film is heavy on scripture and religious revivals, which may or may not complement your family's religious leanings. For instance, students cry in religious fervor and Coach Taylor makes an example of one team member by forcing him to carry another team member on his back across the football field even though he's in pain.

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  • Kids say
Adult Written byMikstwrd September 8, 2019

Great motivation and life lesson for all people. Unforgettable football movie!

Great movie for everyone regardless of age or religion. The lesson of positive belief with selfless attitudes leading to miraculous outcomes is instilled in th... Continue reading
Adult Written byT J November 17, 2018

Not my kind of movie

For some odd reason, this movie just won’t leave my life! I was forced to watch it 3 times in school, all in different years, at different schools! Facing the G... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byThis_Is_A_Good_... November 1, 2019

It’s not a great movie.

Look it has good messages to rely on your teammates, be a good sport, etc. But the whole religious aspect of it just doesn’t add anything good to the movie. It... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byConservative Ch... December 17, 2018

Inspiring, faith-based tale hits all the right notes

This is possibly the most inspiring film I've ever viewed. Combining positive messages, uplifting storylines, and clean humor, it's an excellent choic... Continue reading

What's the story?

Coach Grant Taylor (Alex Kendrick) is down on his luck, and his football team can't win a game to save its life. When he finds out that he's the reason his wife Brooke (Shannen Fields) hasn't been able to get pregnant, he about loses it. His faith is more than shaken -- it's crumbling. "I've tried so hard. Why can't I win?" Coach Taylor laments to his wife. "Brooke, I can't provide you a decent home. I can't provide you a decent car. I'm a failing coach with a losing record. And I can't even give you the children you want. It's me, like everything else is me. What's God doing? Why is this so hard?" But Coach Taylor does more than shake his fists at the sky. He starts praying. But can prayer be enough to save his failing football team, his job, and his pride? Can God create a miracle for him and his team? Sure enough, miracles start to occur that will stir the hearts of even the most a-religious person: Students who got failing grades start getting 100 percents on tests. A rebellious boy becomes respectful of his father. A jalopy is replaced with a big ole truck. A crippled man walks again, and more.

Is it any good?

Facing the Giants is a heartwarming if overly religious story of faith winning out against fear. It's a Christian fairy tale, so the outcome is obvious. This is a celluloid revival, and as such, may alienate non-religious viewers.

There's lots of quoting of scripture, and there's also lots of macho Christianity -- this is more than a call to faith, it's a manly challenge. Is this tough football player man enough to humble himself before God? In the manliest miracle of all, where Coach Taylor once was emasculated, he's now virile. This message will speak to born-again men and their families, but, again, not their less-religious neighbors.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the pressure boys and men face to be strong no matter what. Does that pressure help or hinder Coach Taylor in his daily life? What do you do in your family to deal with that pressure? If Coach Taylor is under pressure to support the family and make his team win, what role does his wife play? Is it fair to put that much pressure just on men? Viewers may also want to discuss your concept of faith. Does it match what you see here? Why or why not?

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