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Review: Game Time: Tackling the Past

29 Aug

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.

Trailer for Game Time: Tackling the Past

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!

To read more about Game Time: Tackling the Past, click here to go to the official Family Movie Night website. View the movie trailer here. Also, check out the Family Movie Night Facebook page!

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.


Field of Vision – Made for TV Family Movie

7 Jun

In truth, prior to having kids I must admit I probably rarely watched made-for-tv movies, but flash forward and two kids later – there’s something to be said about movies you can watch with your kids that start good conversations. One biggie is the subject of bullying – so many perspectives – the bully, the bullied, the ‘authority figure’ etc. – it’s easy to label people as ‘bad’ and ‘good’ in any bully scenario – ‘Field of Vision’ did a good job staying away from labeling it’s characters, yet kept things simple.

Not sure how high school aged kids would react to this movie (I see a lot of eye-rolling potential) but I think younger school aged kids would benefit from watching this flick. Although at first it may seem saccharine that all adults seem to be surprisingly ‘right’ I think it’s good that younger kids get to watch what adults should be doing, we all know kids will get plenty of chances to watch adults do the ‘wrong’ thing in both real life and mainstream media.

Would I watch this alone by myself? Probably not, but as a family, I do look for opportunities to entertain my kids while hopefully speaking about hard choices and bullying, especially since bullying does start much earlier than people think.


Through mysterious footage captured on an old malfunctioning video camera, Sinclair High School’s star quarterback, Tyler McFarland, learns that some of his teammates have been bullying Cory Walker, a troubled new transfer student. Aware that sharing this information with the coach might get his friends kicked off the team and ultimately cost the school the state championship, Tyler must choose what’s more important: winning or doing what’s right.

As these events unfold, the camera also reveals more surprising footage to Tyler’s kid sister Lucy. She learns that Cory has a secret past, unknown even to him. Now Lucy must convince her mom (Faith Ford, Murphy Brown) and family that the camera’s revealing insight is not a product of her imagination as she enlists their help to find the answers Cory so desperately needs. It’s a compelling and intriguing story that shows both the challenges and rewards of doing the right thing even when it’s tough to do.

Check out the trailer here.

Set your DVR : the premiere of Field of Vision is on Saturday, June 11 on NBC at 8pm ET/7pm CT

For more information visit the Official Field of Vision Website or Facebook page

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.