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5 Movies About The Sanctity of Football To Make Guys Cry

Firefilm | 19 Nov 2015 12:00
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2. Varsity Blues
The title referring to the depression in the face of life changing events that many high school seniors face, this film approaches the aspect of football regarding winning at all costs, and what those costs can actually be. While it's just fun to say his name out loud, James Van Der Beek is one of those unique individuals who is amazing at football yet not all that interested in actually playing football. Sure he's been trained, as many of his team mates had, to follow the coach and their family and all the people in their lives that say they should play football just because they're good at it. The film shows that these outside influences may not have the player's best interest at heart. From the father who wants to relive his glory days through his son, to the coach who's perfectly willing to sacrifice the permanent health of his players for one more win, to the girl who will tart herself up just to marry a football player and leave their small town. The Beek learns you have to be true to yourself, even if that means choosing which outside voices to silence.

Anyone can find a connection to the themes of this movie, specifically how hard it is to pursue your dream. Not knowing what to do with your life is hard, but knowing what you want to do and being told by people you trust that your goals are stupid is even worse. For teens just learning what it means to be an adult, one of those hard lessons is knowing which other adults to shut up.

3. The Blindside
Football is a magic game, with many positive aspects. This film focuses on the aspect that an organized sport of any kind can allow people who society otherwise has turned it's back on to thrive. Quinton Aaron stars as a homeless boy who due to his upbringings and lack of social advantages was destined to be either a druggie or dead by the hands of one. But Sandra Bullock had a spare minute or two between exploding space stations, and decided to take him in and give him a secure home base to which he could go to school and avoid being a statistic. He was behind his peers in class and lacks social skills to explain his thoughts, and many of the teachers didn't have time or patience to deal with yet another problem student. But once Michael started football, with it's focus on teamwork, following a coach, planning, strategy, physical and mental training...he was not only discovered as a diamond in the rough but no longer preemptively dismissed by society. Now that he had a venue to which he could apply his natural talents, everyone worked with him to hone the talents that society requires (book learning, etiquette, etc.).

The ending of the film shows us that a friend of Quinton's that had a very similar start in life was shot in a drug deal, reminding us that for every positive story of someone escaping the ghetto, there are hundreds of others that end up on the obituaries. A somber note on an otherwise very happy ending for sure.

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