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When the Game Stands Tall - Blu-ray + DVD

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Inspired by a true story, When The Game Stands Tall tells the remarkable journey of legendary football coach Bob Ladouceur, who took the De Le Salle High School Spartans from mediocre to outstanding, by leading them on a 151-game winning streak. But when tragedy strikes, the... Read More

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Inspired by a true story, When The Game Stands Tall tells the remarkable journey of legendary football coach Bob Ladouceur, who took the De Le Salle High School Spartans from mediocre to outstanding, by leading them on a 151-game winning streak. But when tragedy strikes, they must decide if the sacrifice, commitment and teamwork they have always trusted can rebuild what is now disintegrating around them.

Product Details:
Dove Family-Approved for ages 12 & up.
MPAA Rating: PG
Run Time: 115 Minutes
Released: 12/2014
  • Store Only: Yes
  • Product type: Video
  • Format: Blu-ray + DVD
  • Release Date: Dec 9, 2014
  • UPC: 43396439412
  • Volumes/Discs: 0

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Great Message by krystlbear on 1/22/2015

"When The Game Stands Tall" is an inspiring movie based on a true story about love, loss and friendship. It's the story of De La Salle's (Catholic High School football team) 2004 football season. The team had a 150 game winning streak. After their 151st win in the streak, they had some tragedies. Their winning streak was now over. The football coach and players are now learning life lessons that we can all learn from.

I found myself crying in several parts of the movie. If you are a crier, you may want some tissues handy. The guys on the team went through a lot, and they pulled themselves through with the help of their second family...their team.

"I don't want a perfect game, but perfect effort." --I love this line from the movie.

I love being able to watch a movie that is not full of bad language/content. My 8-old watched it with us and liked it. Even though, I'm not a sports fan, I was still able to enjoy this movie. It has a great message and it's a great movie for the whole family to watch.

I received a copy of the movie for free for my review through the Family Christian Blogger program.

When The Game Stands Tall by Lori on 1/14/2015

I received this product in exchange for my review. All opinions expressed are my own.

I *loved* playing tennis all throughout high school. I played singles and doubles. Multiple games each day. I would play until it was dark and you would have to turn on the spotlights to see the balls. You know what the one thing I did not like about tennis though?

Losing! I did not like to lose.

I know what you’re probably thinking…”It’s okay to lose.” Yes, I know this, but I also know that I enjoy the competition, learn from my opponent, gain skills from them (what to switch up on my game, what move work/don’t work, what I need to practice more), and just like to leave the court as the one who worked a little more hard than the other and rose to the top to win.

Well this is how it was in the movie, based on a true story, When The Game Stands Tall. The De La Salle High School Football team had an amazing winning streak – 151 games! Coach Bob Ladouceur brought the team to this winning streak by working them hard on and off the field. A tragedy hits and the winning streak comes to an end. The team has to decide if “sacrifice, commitment, and teamwork they have always trusted can rebuild what is now disintegrating around them” (found at Family Christian).

So imagine…winning ALL THE TIME…everyone in your family, town, community knows YOU as a winner and then all the sudden you lose! How would you deal with that?

Would you quit?
Would you reach out for help?
Would you run away?
Would you try again?
What would you do….?

Great For Family Movie Night by Laura on 1/9/2015

Unwrapping the box, I discovered to my surprise, the copy of the movie contained a DVD and Blu-Ray copy of this movie, with a free code from Sony Entertainments to download a copy of the movie for your personal library.

Family Christian has been a fantastic place for me to buy things and when I received this copy to review I was really thoroughly surprised that it had both in it!

The Synopsis

Inspired by a true story, in 2003, high-school football coach Bob Ladouceur (played by Jim Caviezel) and his De La Salle Spartans have just completed an incredible 151 consecutive victories and 12-straight state championships. While the team's seniors receive offers from colleges all over the country, the advancing juniors look forward to making their mark.

However, beloved "Coach Lad" has a brush with calamity, while the Spartans face their most-challenging, most-unpredictable season yet.

After this Coach Lad must teach his players - and the entire town - that it's not about how you fall, but how you get back up

His approach to the game, one that he has given most of his life to, is perhaps best summed up in this quotation from Matthew 23:13 that is recited onscreen: “Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled. And whoever humbles himself shall be exalted.” In other words, it is not about you, it is about others.

My review:

I loved this movie for the plain and simple fact, I love high school football! When I first unwrapped it and just looked at the cover, I thought to myself another movie about Texas Football!!! Boy was I surprised!! Which was a great surprise. When the game stands tall, was a really great movie about a fantastic coach named Bob Ladouceur. "Coach Lad" was not only a magnificent coach, but an amazing man. His philosophy on how to talk to teens was amazing, I would have loved to have had a "Coach Lad" as a coach in anything I took.

The main thing about this movie is that the kids respected him. I mean really respected him, Not only did they listen, they trusted.

There was a lot of football in this movie and that in and of itself had me thoroughly enjoying it. Also the back story of "Coach Lad" and his health as well as the interactions between each player and their friends, was really great. I do not want to say too much, but let me just say that the back story was fantastic, sad, happy and very inspiring!

There are some things to be concerned with as a parent. An abusive father, a couple of curse words, and some other things I've added the review from Plugged in Movie Review and they go through each situation that could be considered scary or derogatory.

I would allow any preteen from 8 and up to watch the movie, although your younger kids, this would give you the perfect opportunity for some very good conversations about some of the things in the movie.

and here is a great free resource that is downloadable to help you with this discussion from Plugged in Movie Review http://www.pluggedin.com/videos/2014/q4/~/media/3A9A8D68EBC548B79F8159037276621F.ashx

here is the official trailer of the movie


Here is the Plugged In Movie Review of When the Game Stands Tall http://www.pluggedin.com/videos/2014/q4/when-the-game-stands-tall.aspx

I pray that you enjoy this movie as much as I did and that your family takes the opportunity to watch it together and use it as a jumping off point for a lot of great conversations between you and your kids. Enjoy a great family night with the movie, some great popcorn and a warm fire!


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