My 8-year-old deaughter and her friends love this movie and watch it over and over and it's a football movie! But it's obviously more than that. It's the story of teenagers who dislike each other for no reason other than color of skin. And the coach who insists that they overcome this handicap. It has lots of characters who have to make a decision as to how to live. Both football coaches make mistakes and have to apologize. Adults apologizing is fascinating to kids. Characters get mad like in real life--subtly. There is lots of grey area. It's complex, just like life. That it's based on a true story makes it even more enjoyable. The music from the '70 is wonderful. A great way to get my daughter singing the Temptations. The only caveats are that it's hard to explain why the white kids are so mean to the black kids at the beginning. And the story is complex. Other than that it's just a great story well told.