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Underdogs (2013)

PG | | Drama, Family, Sport | 6 April 2013 (USA)
Set in rural Ohio, the birthplace of football, a small-town high school football team rises to play their cross-town rival, a perennial powerhouse, while standing up for an entire community.

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Vince DeAntonio
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Bill Burkett
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John Handon II
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Bobby Burkett
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Renee Donohue
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John Handon III (as Charles Carver)
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Nancy Smith-Burkett
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Mike Mayhew
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Michelle Stratton
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Joe Namath
Sam Bourquin ...
Sam Bourquin
J.T. Harding ...
Tim Wilfork (as John 'JT' Harding)
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Damien Taylor
Fabien Oliver Paul-Blanc ...
Justin 'Big' Mack
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Jamal Lee (as Aric Generette Floyd)
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Set in rural Ohio, the birthplace of football, a small-town high school football team rises from obscurity to play their cross-town rival, a perennial powerhouse, while standing up for an entire community. Bobby Burkett is the promising quarterback for the Knights, but his Division Four school has never made a playoff appearance until Coach Vince DeAntonio's arrival. Their gruff new coach recruits a talented but insecure receiver and gives a juvenile delinquent offensive lineman a second chance. When Bobby falls for rival cheerleader Renee Donohue, a battle for more than a championship begins with the Viking's "golden boy" quarterback John Hanford III. Meanwhile, Bobby's father is being sued by his former employer and town patriarch John Hanford II over the intellectual rights to a revolutionary new energy saving product. With their home at stake, things look grim for the Burketts (until rumors of Hanford Corp's move to Mexico surface). Now with hundreds of manufacturing jobs at stake... Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Family | Sport

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Rated PG for some language. | See all certifications »
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$2,500,000 (estimated)

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$5,371 (USA) (23 August 2013)

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$34,810 (USA) (6 September 2013)
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The rival high school is referred to as "Herbert Hoover High School" when in fact it was named after William Henry Hoover, founder of the Hoover Company. See more »

Quotes

Renee Donohue: I'm never gonna understand, dad. You've always told me to follow my heart, but I guess you just forgot the "it's complicated" part, right?
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Coming Back Around
Written by Charity Daw, Khara Lord
Performed by Turban Turban
Produced by Josh Edmondson
Courtesy of Baby Gray Music
Admin by Dan Hodges Music, LLC
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The heater is on
13 February 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Underdogs is a low key, slow burn underwhelming drama that just about sustains your interest.

D B Sweeney is a veteran football coach newly arrived at a struggling High School in Ohio.

Logan Huffman is the team's quarterback who is drawn to the cheerleader of the rival high school football team which leads to rivalry with her boyfriend who is the quarterback for that High School.

The interesting part of the film and this is based on true facts is that the Huffman's father is the inventor of the EdenPURE space heater and has to defend his invention from his former employer. The former employer is also the dad of the rival high school's quarterback.

The film is rather contrived and low key, there is enough spin put on it to make it viewable but it never rises above than just being average thanks to the space heater side plot because it never passes muster as a sports movie.


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