Gridiron Gang (2006)



Critic Consensus: The role of probation officer Sean Porter fits Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson like a glove; however, the execution is so cliched, the youths' stories (based on real events), fail to inspire.

Movie Info

The true story of the football team that proved sometimes second chances can make a difference comes to the screen in director Phil Joanou's tale of self-respect and social responsibility on the gridiron. Sean Porter (The Rock) is a detention camp probation officer who oversees the inmates at Camp Kilpatrick in Los Angeles and isn't willing to simply write off the violent offenders who have been placed in his care. Though their prospects for the future are decidedly bleak, Porter is convinced … More

Rating: PG-13 (for some startling scenes of violence, mature thematic material and language)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Jeff Maguire
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 16, 2007
Box Office: $38.4M
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as Malcolm Moore

as Bobbi Porter

as Paul Higa

as Ted Dexter

as Willie Weathers

as Kelvin Owens

as Junior Palaita

as Leon Hayes

as Leon Hayes

as Donald Madlock

as Donald Madlock

as Kenny Bates

as Danyelle Rollins

as Roger Weathers

as Jamal Evans

as Miguel Perez

as John Stevens

as Choi

as Little Dove

as Marvin

as Terrell Rollins

as Mr. Jones

as Coach Finley

as Frank Torrance

as Young Mother

as Roger's Mother

as Anthony

as Market Woman

as Kenny Bates

as Leon Hayes

as Calvin Owens
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Critic Reviews for Gridiron Gang

All Critics (109) | Top Critics (33)

If The Rock could clone himself to appear in juvenile halls across the country, the recidivism rate would get body-slammed within a few weeks.

Full Review… | September 23, 2006
AV Club
Top Critic

Well intentioned, but way too corny, way too over the top...

Full Review… | September 18, 2006
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

It's a difficult balancing act between gang life and the sports film where inspiring moments can very easily become maudlin and wearing. Gridiron Gang slips and stumbles a bit in the second half but for the most part makes it across whole.

Full Review… | March 22, 2011

Dwayne Johnson pushes his emotionally charged performance so hard that you think he might pop a blood vessel.

Full Review… | April 25, 2009

The surprisingly effective Gridiron Gang will find its way into that harshly defended emotional endzone, even if they might not necessarily admit it to their friends.

Full Review… | March 24, 2007

Despite the occasional mixed message and overwrought moment, Gridiron Gang is a sincere, moving film about a worthwhile subject

Full Review… | March 1, 2007
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for Gridiron Gang


Gridiron Gang was a pleasant surprise. I did not expect to enjoy it, and at times it6 did have some so-so moments, but when you see it, you can see that the film has a driving message of hope, which is the key to the film's success. Far from great, but quite entertaining, the film is an impressive feat for The Rock who is able to deliver a good dramatic performance here. Sports film, especially football films are a bit overdone, and we all know how they'll turn out in the end. However, this is an interesting angle on the genre, and it works. Some viewers will surely enjoy it for The Rock range, and he lights up the screen. The film at times could have been a bit better and there are a few scenes that should have been reworked in order to make the film stands. Luckily there are plenty of much better scenes that give this film its power, and it is a thoroughly engaging experience for those that enjoy this genre. Although never too original, this is an interesting twist on a football film, and like I said it's got a good message, which plenty of viewers can get behind and appreciate. A fine mix of performances and a good screenplay rounds out the film to make this a film not to miss, and even for people that are skeptical about such films; Gridiron Gang has something for everyone and it is a well acted, directed film that is far better than many other films in the genre,

Alex roy

Super Reviewer


An electrifying performance by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson in a cliche but good-hearted movie. This, admittedly, was a guilty pleasure of mine. DON'T HATE

Albert Kim
Albert Kim

Super Reviewer

This is without a doubt my absolute favorite sports movie of all time. It had fantastic acting, an inspirational story, and some of the best sports quotes out there and fantastic character development.

The main reason people want to see this movie will be because of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, and I can tell you guys that he certainly does not dissapoint. His performance as coach of the Mustangs was the bescoach portrayel I've seen since Buttermaker from Bad News Bears. It was emotional, and realistic.

However, If Dwayne gets my lead for best performance in the movie, Jade Yorker get's a close second as Willie Weathers, a former 88 gang member who shot his heavily abusive father after he tried to hit his mother, and ends up as running back for the Mustangs. He was my favorite character, and I found myself cheering for him all the way.

The story is great to. It is about a former NFL player turned coach named Sean Porter, who organizes a high scholl football team out of slightly misunderstood gangsters serving time at a youth correctional facility. The lesson is "Not everyone get's a second chance, so use it well" and what a lesson it is.

The football action was pretty good too.

Bottom line, this is the best football and sports movie I've ever seen, period.

Marc L.
Marc Lewis

Super Reviewer

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