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Friday Night Lights (2004)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Drama, Sport  |  8 October 2004 (USA)
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Based on H.G. Bissinger's book, which profiled the economically depressed town of Odessa, Texas and their heroic high school football team, The Permian High Panthers.

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Odessa, Texas, is a small, town in Texas. Racially divided and economically dying, there is one night that gives the town something to live for: Friday Night. The Permian Panthers have a big winning tradition in Texas high school football, led by QB Mike Winchell and superstar tailback Boobie Miles, but all is not well, as Boobie suffers a career-ending injury in the first game of the season. Hope is lost among citizens in Odessa, and for the team, but Coach Gary Gaines, who believes that "Perfection is being able to look your friends in the eye and know you did everything you could not to let them down", is somehow able to help the team rise up from the ashes and make a huge season comeback. Now on their way to state, the Panthers must go out and be perfect, because they may never matter this much for the rest of their lives. Written by Zac Abrams

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Rated PG-13 for thematic issues, sexual content, language, some teen drinking and rough sports action | See all certifications »

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8 October 2004 (USA)  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$20,269,025 (USA) (8 October 2004)

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$61,188,085 (USA) (24 December 2004)
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Mike Winchell: This is for the state championship. I love all of ya'll, baby. I love all of ya'll.
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8 October 2004 | by (NYC,NY) – See all my reviews

I always think you lose something when you turn a non-fictional account into a 'loosely based' film. This story would have been much better served as a documentary. You know what you are seeing actually happened for the most part, but somehow you are not truly sold. 'Seabiscuit' had the same problem. Though 'Seabiscuit' was actually watchable in my opinion.

Character development seemed quite forced (i.e. - this guy is the quiet guy, this guy is the loudmouth, this guy is the one who wants to leave but is tied to home). The story seemed to drag on. The game scenes were well shot. Most of the movie was well done but unfortunately, the script and general story were not.

Pleasant surprise was Tim McGraw. Though his character was pretty one-dimensional, he did not seem out of place. Perhaps using some of his own experiences as a model.

Anyway, while I am not upset I saw this film, I do not think I would have been upset if I had not. The last twenty minutes are so were quite enjoyable to see in the theater environment (people were actually cheering and applauding). All in all I can see myself watching this on TNT some Saturday afternoon when I long for my memories of playing high school football. But I could not see myself shelling out $10 to see it in a theater.


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