Parents' Guide to

The 5th Quarter

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Football tearjerker may be too intense for younger viewers.

Movie PG 2011 97 minutes
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THE 5TH QUARTER is a very good movie for older kids looking for an inspirational true story. The film pulls no punches with the intense grief a family endures in the aftermath of the tragic and untimely death of their 15-year-old son and brother. It manages to integrate faith without being heavy-handed, shows the stages of grief in many permutations, and shows the transformative powers of football and community, both on and off the field.

It isn't the greatest sports movie out there, but it does manage to convey the miracle achieved when the Wake Forest Demon Deacon football team rallied around the memory and spirit of Luke Abbate and found victories the likes of which they had never seen, especially from a football team picked to be last in the ACC that year. The emotional intensity the family experiences might be a bit much for younger or more sensitive viewers, but the purpose for this intensity is never lost on the filmmakers and the actors.

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