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Game Time: Tackling the Past

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Fantastic family film has positive messages for all ages.

Movie NR 2011 84 minutes
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GAME TIME: TACKLING THE PAST is an inspiring story of forgiveness and perseverance that will have families cheering from the sidelines -- or at least from their living rooms. You don't have to be a sports fan to get wrapped up in how the drama plays out on the football field as well as in Jake's family's home, and the movie's messages about integrity, respect, fair play, and teamwork are illustrated simultaneously in both venues, giving families many opportunities to draw parallels between the characters' experiences and their own. And if your kids do like to watch or play sports, then there's even more value to the lessons in sportsmanship and teamwork that are woven through this tale.

Although the movie is fictional, it does offer an intriguing glimpse of the life of media heroes when they're away from the cameras. The story explores Jake's personal insecurities, which are rooted in long-unresolved misunderstandings with his family; this vulnerability, coupled with his willingness to communicate his feelings and make amends for his past mistakes, makes him an endearing and relatable character. In addition to the wonderful lessons of integrity and family relationships that the story offers, it provides a good chance to talk to your kids about their own role models and the media's role in perpetuating celebrities' image.

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