A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
When Scott gets the chance to change his life, he must decide what's really important: fame and fortune as a star athlete or the love of his family and the respect of his small-town neighbors.
Positive Role Models
Scott is revered as the star of his high school football team, but he can still be a jerk to the less popular kids in school. But when he gets a second chance to play the biggest game of his life, he makes some surprising choices -- ones that benefit others more than himself.
Violence & Scariness
Football players deliver some pretty hard hits on the field, one of which leads to a gruesome injury.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A few kisses. A high school student's girlfriend propositions him when her parents are out of the house. Four teens go skinny dipping in one scene, but no sensitive body parts are shown.
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Language includes "ass," "crap," and "damn."
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Products & Purchases
Visible brands include Pabst Blue Ribbon beer and Jack Daniel's whiskey.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adult characters get passed-out drunk on whiskey. Two guys drink beer while they hang out together.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Touchback is an uplifting "do-over drama" about a high school football star who gets a second chance to replay the big game in which a debilitating injury ends his sports career. As the clock ticks down, he's forced to decide what's really important. There are some thought-provoking moments as he compares the love of friends and family to the prospect of fame and glory -- but there's also some swearing ("crap," "ass," etc.), some hard hits on the football field, some drinking, a few kisses, and a scene in which teens go skinny dipping (no graphic nudity). But on the whole, this is a feel-good sports film that's appropriate for families with teens to watch and discuss. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This predictable movie looks like a sports drama that leads up to the big game, but there's much more at stake than just bragging rights. Scott isn't only playing to win, but rather to determine what's important to him and how he wants his life to turn out. Really, this uplifting film is more of a second-chance story about a man who gets to redo the most important moments of his life and make some significant changes. Will he revise history?
It's not that hard to figure out how things will end up. Like many small-town athletic dramas, you can usually figure out what's going to happen in Touchback as the clock ticks down. And like characters in other heartwarming stories about discovering what's really important, Scott doesn't make any truly surprising choices. Still, it's entertaining to see how he arrives at his decision, and Presley is charismatic as both a high school star and a slightly gone-to-seed middle-aged version of himself. Kurt Russell also delivers as the coach, a role he's played just as well in other films.
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