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By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Football drama has positive messages but no surprises.

Movie PG 2013 103 minutes
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age 11+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 12+

Inspiring, interesting story with the parents too

The Underdog QB also has a brainy but underspoken father who tries to get ahead but gets threatened by his boss. The rival football team is of a wealthier school, ultimately sponsored by the boss. Has a positive ending for all the good guys, it's a teaching moment to explain to kids it doesn't always work out that way. The girlfriend is from the wealthy side, their relationship is very sweet. At the beginning she's caught in a changing room, there are a couple of pool/beach scenes - everyone is dressed in bathing suits but no one oozing out of them, it's actually more tame than the public beach. The picture ends with a rather slobbery kiss between them - too bad it wasn't a hug. It's a football movie - there's contact but no gratuitous violence. A nice story overall, lots of underdogs, very inspiring so long as kids can handle the basic girl-boy stuff going on.
age 10+

Classic story with a feel-good vibe!

This is an excellent movie about a small town Ohio football team that has gotten used to having poor seasons and finally realize that it’s time for a change. A new, well-known and respectable head coach is brought in to help bring the team together at the initial dismay of the priest of the Catholic high school (who happens to be played by my actual high school English teacher!). Needless to say, things turn around for the family of the main character, for the team, and for the community. Great story, family-friendly, no foul language, and teaches a great life lesson. Well worth watching with the whole family!

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Kids say: Not yet rated

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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