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
Texan experimental post-rock band Explosions in the Sky scored the movie. The producer used small pieces of older songs by Explosions in the Sky as placeholders, but eventually grew so fond of the pieces that he licensed them along with the original score produced by the band. See more »
When Chavez and Billingsly are eating burritos in front of the convenient store and the police officer pulls up, Billingsly's window is up/down/up between shots. See more »
Maybe I'm too old for the MTV giggle-cam style of photography, but I don't want to be distracted, and irritated, by the rapid and broken splices of film that dominated the first 20 minutes, or so. If that's the only way modern directors have to portray chaotic events, then they need to go back to film school. (et tu, The Bourne Supremacy?) Furthermore, the film failed to make me care about any of the characters. The main thing I learned about the kids...they're ugly when they eat. Friday Nights Lights is about kids, (lacking storyline characterization) living in a football obsessed town, learning how to win at football. Remember The Titans is about kids, (deeply defined), living in a football obsessed town, learning how to win at life. No comparison.
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