A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Winning isn't everything. A good attitude, practice, and hard work can lead to greatness. Adults can learn positive life lessons from kids. There's a stereotypical portrayal of a hippie.
Positive Role Models
Middle school boys support each other, demonstrating teamwork on and off the football field. Coach Payton (who's a complicated role model in real life, given his alleged involvement with the Saints' bounty scandal) learns humility, to put others (including his estranged son) before himself, and that winning isn't everything. Beth supports her son having a relationship with his absentee dad; her new husband is depicted as a stereotypical New Ager. Parents sometimes live vicariously through their kids.
Main character is a White man, but there's racial diversity among teammates and their families. Focus is on male characters, both adults and tweens. A kind, supportive stepdad is (gently) mocked for his New Age sensibilities.
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Violence & Scariness
Adults and kids get beaten up on the football field. Coach Payton is accused of paying players to injure opponents on the field. A character jokes about "ending it all" with a toaster and a jacuzzi. A lantern sets a tree on fire and the tree falls on a parked car. People projectile vomit.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A joke suggests a man mistook men for women on an Asian backpacking trip. A man shows another man an explicit picture of his wife birthing their baby (picture isn't shown on screen). A mother flirts shamelessly with a man in front of her child, who suggests the man run away when he can. A middle school boy has a crush on a girl; he serenades her, and in another scene, she blows him a kiss.
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"Hell," "damn," "ass," "punk-ass," "butthole," "suck," "heck," "stupid," "crap/crappy," "jock itch," "wussy," "son of a…," "Oh my God." The English subtitles replace "butthole" with "a--hole."
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Products & Purchases
Pro football teams including the New Orleans Saints, NFL, some car brands glimpsed in scenes, ESPN, Best Western, and sports brands like Reebok, Adidas, Nike, and Wilson.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
It's suggested an assistant coach has an alcohol problem (he drinks too much "coach juice") and has lost his license. Adults drink alcohol in other scenes. Song lyrics mention meth and beer.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Home Team is based on the true story of New Orleans Saints' head coach Sean Payton (Kevin James), who was suspended for a season due to an investigation related to the team's bounty scandal (players were allegedly paid to injure opposing players). During his leave, Payton helped coach his tween son's underdog football team, which the film portrays as a ragtag team of nice, diverse kids who try hard and always support one another. Even once they start winning, the team doesn't lose sight of more important priorities, teaching Payton lessons in humility and compassion. Expect some strong language, including "hell," "damn," "ass," "butthole," (which Netflix's English subtitles replaced with "a--hole"), "suck," "heck," "stupid," "crap," "son of a…," and "oh my God." A character who's known to have an alcohol dependency is often the butt of jokes. Someone jokes about "ending it all" with a toaster and a jacuzzi, and there's an accidental fire that torches a tree and a car. A really gross scene involves mass projectile vomiting. One man shows another an uncensored picture of his wife giving birth, though the photo isn't seen on screen. A middle school boy has a crush on a girl; he serenades her, and later she blows him a kiss. Football is depicted as a violent game, but one with benefits for its players. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Popular actors, a cast of lovable tween boys, and a wholesome tone make this feel-good comedy a natural audience pleaser. Home Team starts with a compelling (but ultimately glossed over) true story and mixes in a slew of goofy secondary characters and situations. The production also feels like a family affair, with siblings, spouses, and other relatives of producer Adam Sandler and star James in various roles. There's definitely some verging-on-tasteless, Sandler-style humor in this film, including making steady fun of a character who is an alcoholic and a torrential bout of projectile vomiting.
But other bits are very funny, like Schneider's stereotypical hippie stepdad (who brings his special tea to games and "makes his own lavender soap"), an inept hotel manager, and the tween team's jubilant celebration party at the hotel pool ("this is what it feels like to win"). As a Super Bowl-winning coach down on his luck, James exudes the confidence of a successful man who knows his game. Lautner is his ideal counterpart, letting him take center stage both as actor and character. The boys on the team are portrayed as adorably innocent middle schoolers who keep a positive attitude in the face of total defeat and maintain their values even once they start winning. A scene where they all go as wingmen to sing back-up when one of their teammates serenades a girl he likes is memorably cute.
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