In the Kilpatrick juvenile detention center, the supervisor and former football player Sean Porter sees the lack of discipline, self-esteem, union and perspective in the teenage interns and proposes to prepare a football team to play in one league. He is supported by his superiors and his successful experience changes the lives of many young kids. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Though portrayed as the antagonist of the film, the real Paul Higa was one of the biggest advocates of the program. See more »
On the way to the first game, the players see a pretty girl in a Ford Mustang convertible next to the bus. The scene cuts to an aerial view. One of the players on the bus can be heard saying, "She's looking at me," but at that point, the Mustang with the girl in it is nowhere to be seen. See more »
Is it gonna be like this forever? Killing each other because you were born five blocks in the wrong direction? How about we call peace right here?
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Well, who would have thought that a professional wrestler would become an actor... not just a star, but a real, true to life 'ACTOR'! Dwayne Johnson has done this and he's seamless with his portrayal of Sean Porter to the letter!
The end of the movie shows several scenes of a documentary where the real Sean Porter is saying the lines that Johnson was speaking in the movie. The Rock makes those lines seem like his own and I bought into every moment of it!
Some characters were from actual kids that were in the L.A. juvie detention center and others were obvious blended characters. Two of the main characters were adversaries at the beginning and they become close... very close friends. This scenario probably has happened in real life, but they are fictionalized blends of probably many. The producers even made the numbers on their jerseys the same, but opposite. One was 13, the other 31... in other words, we are the same, just the sequence is different. I don't know if anyone else caught that, but I found it effective.
Overall, a very good movie with solid acting and a good script with a good ending! I recommend it, but the language is rough. No sugar coating the violence either. Not for kids, not even if the parents are sitting right next to them!
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