Review of When The Game Stands Tall
By R.L. Bailey
Movie Genre: true life, biography
5/5 Angel wings for story
Starring Jim Caviezel, Alexander Ludwig, Michael Chiklis, Laura Dern, and Clancy Brown.
For the most part, faith-based movies don’t do so well for whatever reason. But with the movie, When the Game Stands Tall, the viewer quickly gets the point that, yes, this is a faith-based movie, but it is also an incredibly well acted, well scripted story. The movie tells the tale of The De La Salle High School football team, their amazing winning streak, 151 wins, no losses in 12 years, and the coach, Bob Ladouceur, played brilliantly by the wonderful actor Jim Caviezel, who took a real, true vested interest in each and every player.
It’s all roses and good times…until real life comes screaming into the picture. Coach has a heart attack, then one of the most loved players dies violently. Still reeling from those two things, the new season starts, and the team loses. Their first loss in 13 years. Then they lost a second time. The streak was over.
Coach stepped back and revaluated everything that was important to him. He made the team realize they were more than just a streak of wins. They were family, through good times and bad, and they would always have each other. Once the team starts to really believe that, things start to turn around.
As I stated earlier, this is a faith-based movie. However, that shouldn’t deter anyone from watching it. It’s not preachy; it just conveys the message that life isn’t a guarantee of anything. The acting is top-notch, most notably Jim Caviezel, and Michael Chiklis, as his best friend and assistant coach, Terry. This is a movie for all ages, young and old, and one that I would gladly pay to see a second, or third, time.