Parents' Guide to

Gridiron Gang

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Inspiring sports action with The Rock. Teens OK.

Movie PG-13 2006 120 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 1 parent review

age 14+

Violence plays too big a role.

Many graphic shootings and fights. Mothers crying. Foul language and racism. The main theme is, 'we were losers, but we don't want to be losers anymore'. Its' based on a true story so the movie just may depict a terrible reality concerning the violence.

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Punctuated by rough action scenes, GRIDIRON GANG is a familiar sports saga with kids in need of guidance and a coach in need of support from his institution. At once uplifting and banal, "based on a true story" and codified (not to say "Disneyfied"), the formula is also apparently endlessly profitable.

This time, it's also based on a 1993 documentary (clips from that film, also called Gridiron Gang, play during the closing credits and suggest that Jeff Maguire's script lifts heartfelt dialogue directly from the original speakers). The movie is also invigorated by The Rock (a.k.a. Dwayne Johnson), whose performance is simultaneously wry and warm. Charismatic as ever, he makes the movie's basic corniness slightly easier to bear.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: September 15, 2006
  • On DVD or streaming: January 16, 2007
  • Cast: Dwayne The Rock Johnson , Jade Yorker
  • Director: Phil Joanou
  • Inclusion Information: Black actors
  • Studio: Columbia Tristar
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run time: 120 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: some startling scenes of violence, mature thematic material and language.
  • Last updated: September 11, 2023

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