[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
Friday Night Lights
Hope comes alive on Friday nights.
Gary Gaines, the coach of a local football team in small-town Odessa, Texas, propels his squad to the state championships. But the path to glory is paved with racial and economic strife, and the coach must help his players navigate through the maze so they can play like winners.
Top quality high school football movie which is more about the the pressure place on these young men living in small town Texas as about the game itself. The film expertly swings between uplifting and heart wrenching as it tells the story of these young men in what will most likely end up the greatest year of their lives. The young cast all put in terrific performances and Billy Bob Thornton is at his best as the coach who keeps his composure under mounting pressure from the people of the town where football is the only thing that matters. Special mention to the soundtrack as well which for the most part steer's clear of the usual heavy rock that accompany's football movies in favour of Explosions in the Sky's more instrumental soundings.
Director Peter Berg has a patchy directorial record. He's plumbed the depths with some right old shit, but every now and again he makes something really good, and Friday Night Lights is certainly one of them.
This may be a sports movie based on actual events back in 1988, but as you'd expect this is a Hollywood version of the Permian Panthers High School Football Team's exploits of that season.
Billy Bob Thornton plays the teams coach that is under pressure to deliver the State Championship to justify his salary and appease the School's hierarchy. Billy Bob is always worth watching, but he gets upstaged by some strong performances by the younger actors on view. The likes of Lucas Black…
Its a clichéd sports movie.... Who doesn't like clichéd FUCKING! sports movies!
"It took me a long time to realize that there ain't much difference between winnin' and losin', except for how the outside world treats you."
When "your team" wins it's somehow supposed to be a reflection of yourself. A concept that turned me off to organized sports years ago. The unending and incongruous debates about a physical activity governed by hundreds of derisory rules is representative of the kind of behavior I've grown to resolutely dislike. I have an aversion to the perceived importance of athletics and the carnal fandom it creates. The societal pressure that accompanies being an athlete in the United States is pathetic.
Friday Night Lights captures the destructive nature of a win-at-all-costs mentality and how it…
Well this was a piece of trash. I didn't care about a single aspect of the movie, not the characters, not the story, and especially not any of the football games. I hated the digital look of the movie, as the look does nothing to support the 80s setting. The look of the movie, coupled with the lack of 80s style football equipment made the games look like any game from any other football film. I'm done thinking about this meaningless flick, but I will let you know that the film ends with one of the graduating players throwing a football to a group of young kids. It doesn't get much more heavy handed than that.
Texas seems like a horrible place to live.
The fact that I don't play or watch sports, and that I don't have a high opinion of Texas, doesn't take away from the fact that this is a very good film. Great direction by Peter Berg, good story, based on actual events and the way it was shot and edited was very well done. I definitely appreciate the effort that was put into this. I'm aware there was a tv series based on this which I will also check out if Hulu has it. 👍
Too much football.
Probably the best Football movie?
Don Billingsley is the Tim Riggins of this movie.
One of the absolute finest sports movies ever made in my opinion. Profound, full of achingly real, fully drawn characters, it never panders to the audience in the way these types of movies tend to. Also features an AMAZING score by one of my favorite bands, Explosions in the Sky.
still my favorite sports movie
This was perfectly balanced and absolutely terrifying. I have a fierce, inexplicable love for martial arts flicks, B-grade action movies with Jason Statham, and sports movies a la Rudy, but I don't need to justify my appreciation for this movie with whatever's going on there. This was a good movie, no genre tags or disclaimers needed.
Holy shit. To the reviewers saying Friday Night Lights perfectly represents the stupidity and unhealthy obssession wrapped up in football--yes, to a point. But it's way bigger than that and nowhere near as dishonoring to the players and their communities.
The thing about this movie and Odessa, Texas's relationship with football is it makes sense. For reference, I don't watch football; I don't care…
Small town Texas football culture is wild but Jay and Garrett made it all worth it.
Why didn't they show Jay's character's home life tho
I hate football. Can't stand it. Which is why Friday Night Lights might be my favorite sports film ever. Friday Night Lights shows the idiocy, obsession and craziness that people feel towards this stupid sport that has always kept me at arm's lengths.
Friday Night Lights is phenomenal because how it uses the sport as a way out, as a means to an end, rather than as a sport that these students love. It's a necessary evil. The weight and the pressure that is put on these teenagers is overwhelming, yet they know if they suffer enough through this hell, it can take them out of this insanity. The final game of Friday Night Lights isn't fascinating because it means…
Complete list. :-(
An Uncomfortable List of Movies That Share The Dubious Distinction of Featuring A Song by Gary Goddamn Glitter
Usually "Rock & Roll (Part 2)".
(And if you don't yet know who Gary Goddamn Glitter is, I would advise you…