A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Encourages hard work, dedication, faith, and strong family/relationships.
Positive Role Models
Freddie is a model citizen. He's a disciplined football player, a caring and thoughtful friend, a loving boyfriend, and a sweet and faithful son.
Violence & Scariness
A fight breaks out during a Vietnam War protest, and Freddie has to hold back his friend from getting into it with a protestor. Football action on the field.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Kissing and "parking," but nothing graphic. Brief scene of a football player mooning the field.
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One or two uses of "ass," "bulls--t," "damn," "butts," "balls," "bullcrap," "bastards," and "goddamn."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A college student mentions going to get a beer at a rectory with a "cool" priest.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that My All American is a sentimental biographical drama about the late, beloved University of Texas football player Freddie Steinmark (Finn Wittrock), whom most considered too small for the sport -- except for Longhorns legend Coach Darrell Royal (Aaron Eckhart). The movie follows Freddie as he goes from determined Pee-Wee player to standout high school star and finally as a Longhorn who played even when he was in unimaginable pain. A story of confidence, faith, and an enduring love of football, the movie does contain a few uses of strong language ("bulls--t," "damn," "ass"), as well as several scenes of kissing and one in which a player moons the field (but nothing more graphic than that). In addition to gridiron action, a fight breaks out at a war protest. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Like all heartwarming football dramas, My All American has positive messages and what should be an emotional storyline. But the movie is a little too focused on football, and Freddie is a little too saintly (a close friend even calls him a Pollyanna, and the term fits), for his story to feel authentic. It's not that biographical films need to be gritty or feature a down-and-out back story to be effective, but Freddie just seems too good to be true. He never questions his faith, his friendships, his coach, his father, or anyone, really -- except for a brief scene late in the film, after tragedy strikes.
Wittrock certainly has the chops to be a leading man, but there's not much range necessary to play a young man whose only ambition is football and who otherwise doesn't have any drama in his life. Freddie has a great, supportive family, a doting steady girlfriend, and a fabulous coach -- whom Eckhart plays as only slightly less godly than Bear Bryant in Woodlawn. Even after Freddie's cancer is discovered, not much changes; he looks sad in exactly one scene. Perhaps Freddie really was an eternal optimist, but the movie turns his story into a movie-of-the-week special rather than a fully realized depiction of a young man's brief but inspiring life.
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