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Old 09-16-06, 08:55 PM
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Gridiron Gang - quick thoughts

I found myself quite engaged in this film, which was based on the creation of a football team made up of juvenile deliquents at the Kilpatrick Detention Center, spearheaded by Sean Porter (played by The Rock) who felt that by giving the deliquent teens a reason to see beyond their neighborhood/ethnic affiliations and to coalesce into an achievement-oriented team would help their chances on the outside where the odds were stacked against them without such a team concept to improve their self-esteem and self-worth, equipped to handle themselves without returning to their lives in gangs, or a life of criminal activity.

I must be getting to be a softie, but the film struck just the right notes to get some tears welling in the my eyes at different points in the film, and The Rock turns in a very good performance, balancing his detention center duties with attention paid to his ailing mother who continues to inspire his efforts to reach the kids and give them a better than 1/4 chance of making something of themselves.

I give it 3 stars, or a grade of B.
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So, are the heroes of the film the gun-toting gangsta thugs? I suppose I could get behind this movie if the plot had been different.

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