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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Many positive messages about working hard, being true to yourself, and being a good teammate. Themes include compassion, courage, humility, teamwork, and perseverance.
Positive Role Models
Many positive role models, including all of the coaches. The Phoenix team raises money not just for the team but also to give back to gay youth in their community. Cyd Zeigler started the league and helped New York Warriors Coach Wade Davis come out to his family. All the players work together -- not just to win, but to be better players. Some of the players get into it with each other, but they hug it out in the end.
Violence & Scariness
A couple of the players get in verbal arguments while practicing; someone has to intervene. They shout rude comments at each other during practice and in games.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Brief scenes with sexually suggestive movements, including in a dance club and in a drag show. Kissing.
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Lots of swearing while playing football including "f--k," "s--t," "p---y," etc. One racially insensitive moment between teammates. The movie's title is a play on a derisive gay term.
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Products & Purchases
Men drink Bud Light and lace up name-brand shoes, but it doesn't appear to be product placement.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The players drink together, including doing shots. Some talk about "partying."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that F(l)ag Football is a documentary that follows three teams to the National Gay Flag Football Championships. Some of the players tell emotional stories about coming out, finding a community in football, and what it means to them to compete in the championship game. There's quite a bit of swearing, including "f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," and more; players also drink, and there are a couple of sexual references and kissing between some of the men. But mostly, this is an interesting, sometimes touching film about what it's like to be gay in a predominately straight male sport. Themes include compassion, courage, humility, teamwork, and perseverance. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The film's best moments aren't about football at all; they're when the players talk about growing up loving the game and feeling conflicted about how society thinks they should act off the field. Wade Davis, former NFL player and coach of the New York Warriors team, hid his sexual orientation when he played professionally, not coming out until years later. It's his story and those of the other players from the around the country that are the most compelling.
There's a lot of talk about how to win and beat the other team, but there are also heartfelt moments when players talk about what it meant to them to find a place where they belonged and could be completely themselves. F(l)ag Football is a little slow in parts, but families interested in sports and inclusivity will find a lot of like. And the Gay Bowl game is exciting and emotional whether you're a football fan or not.
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