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Family Movie Night – Game Time: Tackling The Past

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: August 31, 2011 | Categories: Entertainment, Movie Reviews, Movies, Reviews, Series

Are You Ready For Some Football? *Cue Hank Williams, Jr. singing* I know I am. And just in time for the start of football season, the newest P & G Family Movie Night movie is a football themed movie. 'Game Time: Tackling The Past' premieres this coming Saturday, September 3 on NBC at 8pm ET/7pm CT.

My regular readers are by now, I'm sure, familiar with the P&G Family Movie Nights… I'm thrilled to be a part of this series. Game Time is the fourth P&G Family movie night movie I've had the opportunity to get an advance viewing to review.

Synopsis


Pro football star Jake Walker is living the dream… or so he thinks.
The veteran tight end is a fan favorite and on pace to set the all-time
receiving yards record that will guarantee him a spot in the Hall of
Fame. While working out at training camp, Jake receives an unexpected
call from his brother Dean – their father Frank has suffered a major
heart attack. Jake immediately leaves practice and returns to Riverton,
North Carolina, the small hometown he’s avoided for nearly 15 years.
Memories of glory and regret flood his mind as he returns to the family
and friends he abandoned in pursuit of his career. Jake dutifully visits
with Frank and Dean, but hurt and misunderstanding from the past begins
to resurface, leaving him counting the days until he can return to his
team.



A second unexpected call, this time from his agent, delivers
Jake another crushing blow. His contract is not being renewed amid
concerns about his surgically repaired knee. Suddenly, the life Jake
knows is over. To avoid the media circus around this news, Jake
reluctantly decides to extend his stay in Riverton. Attempting to make
the best of the situation, he begins reconnecting with the community
that once revered him. Jake is reintroduced to Sarah, his high school
sweetheart, and helps Dean take over their father’s high school
coaching job.



Surprisingly impacted by the people around him, the
real Jake begins to emerge from behind his armor to see that life is
much more than the accumulation of personal stats. But when Jake’s
offered a lucrative new contract to play for another team, he is forced
to decide whether to go back to the career he thought he loved, or stay
in Riverton and embrace the people who always believed in him.

Cast

 


I don't know about you, but in our home… football is a big deal. We bleed orange here. Go Vols! My hubby and I have always been big sports themed movie buffs. Game Time: Tackling The Past did not disappoint. The theme of ethics rings true with this movie, just as it has with all the P&G and Walmart Family Movies. Alas, I can't say this is one of favoite P&G and Walmart Family Movie Night movies. 

In fact, I'd have to put this at the bottom. Now, that's not to say that this is a bad movie. It just wasn't my favorite. It has an all-star cast that did not disappoint… not enough Beau Bridges, though. But the movie seemed slow at times.

All in all, I'd recommend Game Time: Tackling The Past. A good movie to watch with the whole family. Grab your popcorn! You can watch it this Saturday, September 11 at 9:00pm EST on NBC. And like FamilyMovieNight on Facebook to keep up with all the Family Movie Night movies.

I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of P&G and received a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.

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