The acting was great. (Yes I cried.) The leading lady was Catherine Hicks...from Seventh Heaven fame. Many times 'clean/family' films don't live up to my expectations in the talent and production department but this one did.
I have to say one of my favorite parts of the movie was the tunes! I loved all the background music and may have to download a few 'i-tunes.' My biggest problem in the movie was that I could not pause it (because I was watching it live in a virtual theater) so I will be recording it to watch a few choice scenes again. And when is it you might ask? Saturday night... 8 PM EST... NBC. B there or B square. Set the DVR. Make some popcorn.
As for ages of who might watch the show, Andrew (age 10 and special needs) was there watching part of it but it was a bit over his head. I am not giving anything away by mentioning there are scenes with dad in the hospital and some of that might be an emotional issue for some kids but they really do that part nicely and don't focus on that at all. I only mention, because some folks have kids that might be especially sensitive to that.
Below you can find a synopsis of the movie. I hope family movie night on NBC will become a regular feature. Apparently you can pick these Family Movie Night features at Walmart but they sell out fast. Watch and support!
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Game Time: Tackling the Past Synopsis:
Pro football star Jake Walker is living the dream… or so he thinks. The veteran tight end is a fan favorite and on pace to set the all-time receiving yards record that will guarantee him a spot in the Hall of Fame. While working out at training camp, Jake receives an unexpected call from his brother Dean – their father Frank has suffered a major heart attack. Jake immediately leaves practice and returns to Riverton, North Carolina, the small hometown he’s avoided for nearly 15 years. Memories of glory and regret flood his mind as he returns to the family and friends he abandoned in pursuit of his career. Jake dutifully visits with Frank and Dean, but hurt and misunderstanding from the past begins to resurface, leaving him counting the days until he can return to his team.
A second unexpected call, this time from his agent, delivers Jake another crushing blow. His contract is not being renewed amid concerns about his surgically repaired knee. Suddenly, the life Jake knows is over. To avoid the media circus around this news, Jake reluctantly decides to extend his stay in Riverton. Attempting to make the best of the situation, he begins reconnecting with the community that once revered him. Jake is reintroduced to Sarah, his high school sweetheart, and helps Dean take over their father’s high school coaching job.
Surprisingly impacted by the people around him, the real Jake begins to emerge from behind his armor to see that life is much more than the accumulation of personal stats. But when Jake’s offered a lucrative new contract to play for another team, he is forced to decide whether to go back to the career he thought he loved, or stay in Riverton and embrace the people who always believed in him.
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