There is something to be said about being sentimental with the 80’s – I have to admit I was intrigued to watch Leah Thompson again in a ‘where is she now?’ sort of way. Then again there is also something slightly creepy how her hair is pretty much the same style she had 20 (!!!) some years ago.
As family movies go, at least this one doesn’t take itself too seriously, the ‘geeks’ are goofy, and the actors are likeable. Yes, the story line is somewhat predictable, BUT if you want a family tv movie that at least puts college education in a fun and intellectual light (barring the fact that one of the faculty tried sabotaging a student) this movie is for you. It has a positive message on family, loyalty and doing the right thing. I would say that the age range for kids to get the most out of this might be at least 7 or 8 to late tweens. After that it might be too boring for actual teenagers. My 5-year-old did find it interesting that college kids don’t have to live with their parents anymore ;o) . There is no uncomfortable love scenes to be worried about and things stay very G-rated. They do end the movie with a Christmas scene!
Below is the detailed synopsis —
When industrious high school gamer Zach Taylor lands a prized scholarship to the prestigious Digital Institute of Game Design (DIGD), his future breaks wide open. The opportunity to study under gaming legend Marcus Bentton and alongside the country’s most creative minds will certainly propel him into a successful career as a video game designer. That is, if he can pass the infamous freshman project that eliminates more than half of the class within the first three months.
Paired with brilliant yet socially awkward teammates Phillip and Donald, the trio persuades Sara Ramirez – a determined and striking team leader with whom Zach has a history (and possibly a future) – to join their team. Working off-campus in the teched-out Lincoln Alley loft, the four set out to involve the entire campus in a quirky new social interactive game. But as the group becomes entrenched in the project, Zach learns that his father Billy, a widower, is facing growing financial woes at home. To help out, Zach accepts an opportunity to work directly with Marcus Bentton on a secretive side project that seems too good to be true. The effort requires nearly all of Zach’s time and energy, which he should be devoting to the project. Struggling to keep it together, Zach is torn between his responsibility to his team, his admiration for Bentton and a chance to help his father.
Everything comes to a breaking point when Zach’s team threatens to remove him from the group and the deceptive truth behind Bentton’s project comes to light. With the guidance of Professor Abbie Lambert, Zach must make a decision that not only affects his future, but the lives and livelihoods of the people around him as well. It’s a revealing story that recognizes the magnitude behind the choices we make and the importance loyalty plays in making good decisions.
Premiere of Game of Your Life is on Friday, December 2 on NBC at 8pm ET/7pm CT.
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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.