Back to the movie! You may have gotten the scoop on the plot by now, so I'm not going to rehash that. You can google it if you want a summary and I'm sure someone will have obliged and done a better job than I would. I don't want to be any sort of spoiler, so let me give you some fascinating background info that you won't see at the theater. After directing October Baby and Mom's Night Out, Andrew and Jon Erwin decided to pursue reenacting a bedtime story their father, Hank Erwin, used to tell them about how he'd encountered God at a Billy Graham Rally and then reached out to a local team to spread the Good News in a time of unrest. Andrew said, “I saw this story acted out in my bedroom multiple times, where our Dad would play all the parts. He’d be running back and forth and telling us what Tony was doing and jumping up and down.”
The main characters each bring their own perspective and struggle to the plate when trying to maneuver through the emotionally rocky and physically strenuous football season, further complicated by the mixing of religion and public school, rattling some cages. Having done their homework on bringing this historical account, director Andy stated, "... Todd Geralds, Coach Geralds’ son, had a seven-page telling of the story that his dad wrote as he was dying of cancer. And as we read that we knew his was the point of view of the cynic who is redeemed. That’s when we knew we had a movie.” There is a bit of comedic relief through the main character's mom, played by Sherri Shepherd from The View.
This is a good movie. This is a real movie. This is a true movie with Truth in it. This is one to support at the box office and to add to the home collection as well.
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