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ElizabethSt. Cloud, Minnesota1 Stars Out Of 5Disappointing beyond being a small filmNovember 13, 2012ElizabethSt. Cloud, MinnesotaQuality: 1Value: 1Meets Expectations: 1A boy is jailed for engaging in criminal vandalism in reaction to being kicked off the team. His dead father's military buddy gets the boy out of jail and takes on the challenge of setting the boy straight by being inigmatic as he consumes beer non-stop in front of the boy. Ultimately he guides the boy to better behavior by choking the rebel into unconsiousness on a lacrosse camp playing field. When he returns home his former teammates and the coach's daughter unite and threaten to boycot the big game unless he is allowed to play. Without explanation the film has the coach give in to the children's demands. Despite now being part of a team, the game is won by the one boy's singular effort. After the game he takes moment to converse with his own dead father boasting of having gotten a girlfriend by stealing her away from her father, the coach. This film lacks a Christian perspective on it's subjects and fails to even present lacrosse as an appealing sport. Better Christian choices are Facing the Giants and Courageous. "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee" is a secular film that touches on longstanding challenges to Native American men. Although morally tainted, the secular film "Norma Rae" depicts a more Christian application of unions and boycots, and the ending of the film "Places in the Heart" cannot be beaten for it's depiction of the otherwise improper communion with the dead. In any case there are better places to spend your time.
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