The Heart of the Game

Movie review by Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media
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age 12+

Excellent high school sports documentary.

PG-13 2006 102 minutes

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age 8+

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age 8+

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age 8+

A positive story with some grown up content, responsibly handled

I watched this with my 8 year old son because I went to the high school where it was set (2 decades before the documentary was filmed!!). I was cautious about letting him watch it because I read that it briefly discussed the sexual abuse of one player and the teenage pregnancy of another, and I was prepared for challenging questions at the end. My son's only question was, "Why did the girl cry when she won the game?" The main coach, though extremely competitive, had a very positive way of interacting with his players, which I was happy for my son to see. There was also open, honest, and positive discussion of race and socio-economic disparity which I think is also worthwhile for kids to view in this context. Overall I think it was a great film for teenagers for certain, and for younger kids too, if watched with parents who are prepared to discuss the questions that might be raised. Very entertaining and uplifting overall.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing

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