A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Family should come first. Money and fame aren't what truly matter. Girls and women can excel in STEM fields. Teamwork brings better results than individualism. Never stop rooting for those you love. Pride and gluttony are "deadly sins."
Positive Role Models
Callie is smart and understands science and math better than her parents or classmates. She's been moved a lot as a child and wants to make a home and forge friendships in one place. She leads her school's robotics team. Bobby is an NFL player whose career appears to have petered out. He is deeply envious of younger players on the rise, one of whom likes to throw his success in Bobby's face. Keisha insists she and her husband parent as a team, and she's supportive of both her husband and her daughter. Their three-person family is happy, tight-knit, and loving.
The film's cast is almost entirely made up of Black actors and portrays aspects of Black culture and diction, as well as NFL culture. A high school robotics team is led by women of color.
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Violence & Scariness
Falls and hits on the football field. Two people are struck by lightning twice. A girl falls out of a tree and runs a bumper car off the tracks and into a stack of spare tires. There is mild teasing/bullying at a high school. A father comes across as slightly threatening to his daughter's potential love interest. Nobody is seriously injured in the film.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Adult and teen characters flirt and kiss. Beautiful women feature prominently at a pool party hosted by a football player.
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Language used includes "damn," "hell," "screwed," "friggin'," and "butt."
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Products & Purchases
The NFL and video game Madden NFL 23 play prominent roles, as do the Atlanta Falcons and their home Mercedes Benz Stadium. NFL players are extremely wealthy and have big houses and fancy cars.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink alcohol on occasion.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Fantasy Football is a family-friendly comedy with lessons about the value of teamwork and prioritizing family over fame or wealth. After both being struck by lightning, teenager Callie (Marsai Martin) discovers she can control the movements of her father, Bobby Coleman (Omari Hardwick), a fading football star, when he takes to the field. In terms of diverse representation, the film features a mostly Black cast. The Coleman family is a loving one and it's great to see a girl of color, Callie, lead the high school robotics team. Adult characters drink alcohol at events, while adults and kids flirt and kiss, and a pool party hosts many beautiful women. There is some violence but no serious injuries. Characters are also mildly teased, and suffer hits, falls, and crashes on the football field. Featured prominently are the NFL, video game Madden NFL 23, the Atlanta Falcons, and Atlanta's Mercedes Benz Stadium. Language includes "damn," "hell," and "butt." 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 feel-good but predictable comedy features a likable cast that diverts attention away from the story's narrative potholes. Hardwick is entertaining as the clumsy and not especially bright but big-hearted father in Fantasy Football. His knack for physical comedy is central in making the movie's wildly far-fetched premise amusing, for example in a goofy scene where he reacts to his hair and body shape being manipulated via his video game character.
Martin, well-known for her role on Black-ish, brings confidence to her portrayal of his daughter, the film's true central character. It's always nice to see young women, especially women of color, in STEM fields on-screen. But her record-speed robot-building and NFL coaching undermine much sense of realism. Still, this film's core messages about balancing life's priorities are sweet, and it's refreshing to see a more family-friendly NFL ambiance than usual.
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