I myself am not really a sports fanatic. I understand why the majority of America enjoys it, and I have participated in some sports like swim team and soccer, but, for the most part, I only seem interested in the Olympics, where the entire world unites in one big competition to decide which country's the strongest.
That doesn't mean I can't like some sports movies. When The Game Stands Tall is not one of them.
Bob Ladouceur (Jim Caviezel) is a football coach for the high school team known as the De La Salle Spartans, an undefeated team famously known for winning 151 games and not losing one. The unfortunate thing is he doesn't spend a whole lot of time with his family.
Their lives change, though, as one of the players, Terrence Kelly (Stephen James), is killed while trying to pick up his friend at a party, in which the team attends his funeral. This is how the team tries to cope with their loss, amongst trying to win the state championship.
I would go on from there, but, let's face it. The film is hideously predictable. By the time the film reaches the 40-minute mark, you know they're gonna lose, you know there's gonna be this big speech about teamwork and winning, and that they pick themselves up. Been there, done that.
I know that this is based off a true story, and I understand that this is probably how things happened, but it made its way into the film industry, and that's where I come in.
The writing is complete cheese as well. A big turkey full of cliché after cliché after cliché, one after another. Like I mentioned above, you know by the halfway point where the pieces are put together that you could have easily guessed the ending, and you win.
The acting is some of the most bland, uninteresting, and unconvincing performances ever put in a football movie. Caviezel tries his hardest, but for the most part, everyone else is a stale piece of bread. What's even worse is that there are some notable actors on here. Clancy Brown (The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge out of Water), Alexander Ludwig (The Hunger Games), and, again, Jim Caviezel (The Passion of the Christ).
When The Game Stands Tall tries to sound inspiring and even supports a decent soundtrack and some solid football sequences, but we've seen this story told a million times before in many different ways.