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By Jane Boursaw, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Inspiring sports-underdog story for tweens and up.

Movie PG 2006 104 minutes
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age 7+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 9+


This story (based on a true story) could have been made so much better - the script writers/producers/director have done a poor job. The pace is very slow, plot line tedious and predictable and nothing to write home about wrt the acting either. Additionally, it may be difficult to follow if your children don’t know much about American Football.
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age 5+

Outstanding film. Inspirational, nothing offensive...

Nothing objectionable at all in this film. Good, entertaining film for kids of all ages and adults will love it too. The message to never give up on your dreams is a great one and it helps that it's a true story. I'd recommend it to everyone.

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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3):
Kids say (6):

Sure, it's the classic sports-underdog-defying-the-odds movie that's been done a million times, but it works, which is why studios keep churning them out and why we keep flocking to see them. This one has the added benefit of true life –- Vince Papale is a real person, and this story really happened. And like prize-fighter Jim Braddock in Cinderella Man, Vince gave hope to a lot of people struggling through tough times. They needed something –- and someone –- to cheer for.

Invincible captures the gritty, financially-pressed times of south Philly in the mid-1970s. Lots of wood paneling, shag carpet, and cheesy garage-band music give it an authentic feel. The football scenes, filmed in cooperation with the NFL and real football players, are intense –- you can almost hear bones breaking. Not only that, Wahlberg is an awesome athlete who did all his own stunts, so those bruises and welts are the real deal. And Vince is a likeable guy. You really want him to succeed -– from the first scenes where his wife dumps him to the local-guy-makes-good ending. Greg Kinnear scores a touchdown as Coach Vermeil, and Elizabeth Banks is surely destined to be a big star. With an inspiring story, snappy dialogue, true-to-life characters, and plenty of goosebump scenes, this movie's a winner.

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