Friday Night Lights (2004)

Rated R, but you’ll only have to cover your ears a few times.

The 2019 NFL Season is now upon us, so for Scoring At The Movies #33, we’re back on the (high school) gridiron. Billy Bob Thornton is the stoic mentor & coach of a bunch of young actors (including Lucas Black) in this intense, serious film. There’s not much backstory for any character, but the subtle touches tell us more than first meets the eye. Many facts were fudged and the movie is filled with “truthiness”, but we agree that this is still a rock-solid football flick. Director Peter Berg finds ways to make us care about all these Permian Panthers, although not as much as their football-obsessed community does because that isn’t possible. So don’t pressure children to win at all costs. Just hold hands with the guy beside you and pray as you gulp down our chat.

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For The Record: We’ve covered Draft Day, so this makes 4 football movies on this channel. Also, Billy Bob and John Cusack were in The Ice Harvest, not The Ice Storm. Also also, apparently the 3 teams involved in the actual coin toss did only lose 1 game apiece.

LINKS:

Rotten Tomatoes reviews

2004 U.S. Box Office

AFI’s Top 100 Lists

2004 in film

The real coin toss between Permian, Midland High and Midland Lee

Links to: The Longest Yard and Hoosiers and Sling Blade and Any Given Sunday and Bad Santa

YouTube links: A bad dad and masking/duct tape on the hands and Boobie gets hurt and Boobie puts on a brave face and the boosters lay down a threat and what “perfect” means to Coach Gaines and to the one-yard line…

Previously on Scoring At The Movies: Pumping Iron

September 19th on Scoring At The Movies: The Wrestler