Just in time for the fall football season, NBC and P&G gives us Game Time:Tackling the Past. In my humble words, this movie is a story about a pro-football player’s relationship with his family and how ambition and drive can sometimes come between a person’s true self and the achievement of happiness. The story felt like it took a while to get rolling, but at its core its got some heart. If watching with kids, it brings up interesting talking points around the importance of family, communicating with people you love, defining success, and setting your priorities.
Although the movie does have its share of stereotypes (the gruff no-nonsense coach, the super-ambitious pro-quarterback, the earnest brother, the shallow sports manager, etc.) it has occurred to me that to my young kids (who haven’t watched many sports-focused movies), these wouldn’t be stereotypical characters, but people they are seeing for the first time – thus providing a good opportunity to discuss these characters. No, Game Time: Tackling the Past probably won’t be winning any Emmy’s, but it’s a decent Saturday night movie for the family and gives you the chance to talk about sports, defining success, importance of family and communication, setting priorities, etc.
This made for TV movie premieres Saturday, September 3, 2011 at 8pm ET/7pm CT. So set your Tivo/DVRs and/or gather your family and make some popcorn for this family friendly movie!
Disclosure: I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Dad Central Consulting on behalf of P&G and received a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.