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The Roughnecks

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Pee Wee football docu is interesting but intense.

Movie NR 2015 95 minutes
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If the filmmakers' goal was to present a nonjudgmental chronology of events, with a close look at some of the participants and their stories, they have succeeded. However, though there is no voice-over narration to provide a point of view, their selection of so many of the tough coach's diatribes and punishing practice drills offers some clues to their personal perspective. Edited to accommodate both the personal and the team accomplishments, the film is able to move seamlessly between the two. The directors have managed to keep suspense alive, even though the outcome is predictable. For some families, and particularly for sensitive kids, it may be difficult to watch given the harsh treatment the boys receive. One particularly vulnerable team member appears to be stressed beyond endurance, and the head coach's intense need to win (which is traced back to his own sports career), though reflective of many youth instructors, is sometimes hard to take. It's interesting to note that one of the producers of the film was a member of the Ridglea Roughnecks when he was young.

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