Parents' Guide to

Glory Road

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Inspiring sports flick about an underdog team.

Movie PG 2006 106 minutes
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age 12+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 7+

Loved this movie

I’m not a huge basketball fan. But I do love a good sports movie! It was inspirational. It helped my children learn about racism in history but that still goes on today. It opened their eyes to what many people have to go through. It taught about one person standing up for a cause and changing the lives of so many people. To do what’s right not what’s popular. I wish they would’ve been more accurate to facts that actually happened but still a good movie and good music along the way. Also the scenes when they drink and talk to girls wasn’t that bad it does happen a few times. I didn’t have to fast forward normally I do have to during movies for the kids.

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Great messages
Great role models
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 10+

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Is It Any Good?

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Formulaic but well-crafted, Glory Road features a hard-driving coach who inspires his underdog team to athletic and moral victories. James Gartner's movie includes all the expected tricks of the genre, from vintage '60s soundtrack and heart-pounding court action to excellent performances and heartfelt lessons underlined by teary eyes in close-up.

The film spends little time considering anything other than the team dynamics. This leaves the 1960s context (the Vietnam war, the Black Panthers) to TV images and brief comments. That's not to say that these framing devices are ineffective, but they are occasionally set alongside trivial jokey bits. The film also includes enough images of hard violence to underline at least some of the costs for the Miners, not to mention their less well looked after peers. Rousing, manipulative, and predictable, the movie knows its business.

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