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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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... Coach Gary Gaines
... Mike Winchell
... Don Billingsley
... Boobie Miles
... Brian Chavez
... Ivory Christian
... Chris Comer
... Charles Billingsley
... L.V. Miles
... Sharon Gaines
... Mrs. Winchell
Kasey Stevens ... Flippy
... Melissa
... Maria
... Jennifer Gaines
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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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$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,269,025, 10 October 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$61,188,085, 26 December 2004
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In the beginning of the movie when the college scouts are looking at Boobie. They are all wearing the current revised logos of their respective universities. In 1988, the University of Miami's logo was not that same as it is now. See more »

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Mike Winchell: [Deleted Scene] Did you think is was going to be this big?
Brian Chavez: Yeah.
Mike Winchell: Bullsh*t man.
Brian Chavez: I do.
Mike Winchell: You act like that. You think it's just a game. Something to check off on your list. Know what I think?
Brian Chavez: What's that?
Mike Winchell: I think you're scared just like the rest of us. But I think you're smart enough to see that one day when you look back from whatever big job or big house, or whatever it is that you got, that when you look back at this time, I dare you to beat it. I dare you.
Brian Chavez: It's just a game.
Don Billingsley: It doesn't feel like ...
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"Over the Top" Directing Detracts Strongly
24 May 2005 | by See all my reviews

I rented this movie primarily on the strengths of Billy Bob Thornton. I think he takes on consistently good roles. This movie had a lot to offer in terms of plot. Rural Texas is big on football, often more so than on academics. The plot point came out in the movie, but seemed to be glossed over to a large degree.

One of the subplots also deals with the relationship between a father, a past high school football champ, and his son who has the opportunity to become a state champ. It is a contentious relationship, but the movie failed to explore that relationship beyond a superficial level.

Perhaps the greatest distraction in this film is the awful directing by Peter Berg of the football action sequences. They were very unrealistic and "over the top" so that they seemed more like a John Madden video game than a high school football game.

The acting was good and the plot was sufficient to prevent this from being a truly horrible film. If you are a sports movie fan, there is a likelihood that you will like this movie much better than I did. However, I was expecting a little more realism and a little more character depth than I saw in this movie.


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