Gridiron Gang

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Director: Phil Joanou
Cast: Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Xzibit, Kevin Dunn, Leon Rippy
RunTime: 120 mins
Genre: Sports Drama
Rating: PG

Football (not soccer) is a big thing in the states, and countless movies were dedicated to it, from Remember The Titans and The Longest Yard.

Gridiron Gang is another film who falls into the cookie-cutter of an inspirational sports movie – delinquents who find team spirit, respect and confidence though sports. You know the start, the middle and the end.

The formulistic story of black juveniles discoverting themselves through their interest (such as Take the Lead, Step Up etc) may not interest you. There is nothing really new in the movie, and the quotes on dreams and inspirations can be a little to cheesy to the cynical movie-goer.

Before you dismiss this movie totally, "The Rock" shows that he CAN act, and not just as a scorpion king or mafia boss. His role as probation officer and coach Sean Porters balances with enough dynamism and emotions.

The best parts are at the end. Do stay to end to watch the credits, and you realize that it IS based on a true story. As for the cheesy lines, they are actually not scripted!

Gridiron Gang – Formulistic but still inspirational

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