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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The focus is on winning, not on how well you play the game. The positive values of sports -- including team cooperation, hard work, and commitment -- are overshadowed by the players', parents', and community's desire to win. Includes some African-American players and residents.
Violence & Scariness
The games are rough and the injuries real, but it's all within the context of the sport of football. Some players throw up as a result of the grueling practices.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some teen boy-girl kissing. The players' relationships are an ongoing part of the series.
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Mild: "Damn," etc. Most are usually said by Coach Propst as part of his motivating strategy. Occasional stronger curse words are bleeped out.
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Products & Purchases
Restaurant logos, such as Johnny Rockets, are fully visible. Sports drink labels, like Gatorade, are also visible. References to ESPN and to "After Show" segments on MTV's online Overdrive channel.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this series focuses on a high school football team's extreme efforts to win the state championship and on the intense pressure to win that's placed on them by their coach, their parents, and their community. Little importance is placed on the benefits of participating in team sports (improved health and self-esteem, etc.), beyond the advantages that winning will bring. Some practice scenes are intense, but they're shown within the context of football training. Parents should also know that this show has storylines about teen girl-boy relationships.
Is It Any Good?
Expected to endure illness, injury, and extreme weather, the players fight for the touchdown, college scholarships, and a chance at local and national glory. For some, this fight also represents a ticket to a better life. While the series includes positive values like school spirit and team cooperation, they're overshadowed by the pitfalls of committing your entire life to a sport. The idea that these kids must "win at any cost" leads to a distorted sense of balance that's evidenced by their struggle to separate their performance in a game from their sense of identity -- and, to a larger extent, their self-worth.
Many of the players' parents and members of the Hoover community reinforce this skewed sense of self, further perpetuating the idea that there's only one thing or activity in the world that defines who we are. Football fans will undoubtedly find Two-a-Days entertaining, and teens will very likely enjoy the romantic tensions between players and their girlfriends. But in the end, what this documentary really shows viewers is that for players who are serious about turning football into a college or pro career, it stops being a game and, as a consequence, very often stops being fun.
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