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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Believe in yourself and accomplish your goals.
Positive Role Models
Bill Burkett is a resourceful and dogged inventor who creates a better space heater. Bobby Burkett is a good kid and a dedicated team player who tries to inspire his teammates to victory. Coach Vince is both tough and warm.
Violence & Scariness
Football players bang into each other.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Underdogs is a formulaic 2013 drama that culminates in the Big Game between the winning football team of a wealthy and powerful Ohio high school and the small, slow, losing team that is just starting to win under the guidance of a new coach. Expect the usual game-time football violence and use of the word "damn." A teenage boy and girl kiss. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
As yet another in a long line of movies about bad (fill-in-the-blank) sports teams finding the inspiration to finally win, UNDERDOGS gets the job done without much flair. Still, the filmmakers do a satisfying job of presenting the clichéd movie about losers who gain self-respect and drive when a tough but compassionate coach lifts them up to full potential. Although it's inspired by true events, its real inspiration comes from same-old, same-old formulas used in dozens of earlier movies. Character development is minimal, and subplots are straightforward. Neither adds much to the movie's complexity.
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