When The Game Stands Tall: De La Salle Streaks

Hello everybody! Today we have the sports drama film When the Game Stands Tall.

WHEN THE GAME STANDS TALL

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STARRING: Jim Caviezel, Laura Dern, Michael Chiklis, Alexander Ludwig

DIRECTED: Thomas Carter

GENRE: Sports Drama

YEAR: 2014

COUNTRY: United States

This film with text listing the longest winning streak in the NFL, then the NCAA, and tells that one high school surpassed any of those streaks: De La Salle High School, from Concord, California, with a 150-game winning streak covering 11 years.

In 2003 the De La Salle Spartans are about to play their league rivals, Pittsburg High School. In the locker room before the game, Coach Bob Ladouceur (Jim Caviezel) delivers a motivating pep talk, and states that the streak was never our goal. He stresses that the team is family, a brotherhood to be depended on. He states that the love of family means that you can count on me in good times as in bad. He stresses that there is no perfect game or perfect play, but that they need to to give a perfect effort from snap to whistle. This is the crux of his coaching philosophy.

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When The Game Stands Tall is an interesting film for me as I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and my father played De La Salle during their streak in high school. I am not normally interested in sports dramas, but this film intrigued me. The main cast and supporting cast performed quite well in their respective roles, except for one thing.

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My biggest issue with The Game Stands Tall are their casting choices. None of the main cast should have been in their respective roles. I just couldn’t see them as any of their characters. Maybe that’s why they ended doing better than normal in my eyes.

PROS:

  •  Main cast performance.
  • Supporting cast performance.
  • Pacing.

CONS:

  •  Casting choices.
  • Over-sentimental.

SCORE: 6.5 / 10

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