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March 6, 2013
The Last Fall is a good story for anyone looking to get their football fix during the sport's offseason. The story focuses on Kyle Bishop (Lance Gross), a football player who ends up going back to his hometown after leaving his team at the story's opening. The story doesn't make entirely clear what happened that led Bishop to leave the team. Though, it is indirectly hinted that he was cut. This is hinted as he looks at newspaper articles written about him when he was in college as he cleans out his locker. When he goes back to his old hometown, he hopes that things will be better. But the reality is quite different as he finds out just how difficult it is to get a job. And his personal relationships aren't as he hoped, either. What's more, audiences discover that being that he's no longer playing football, his financial situation isn't as great as it perhaps could have been considering his former star status. Kyle admits to his old flame the reality of finances for football players, to which she is rather surprised. This is the center of what makes The Last Fall worth at least one watch.

That this story would tackle the very real issue of the myth surrounding professional athletes' financial status is what really makes The Last Fall worth at least one watch. Few, if any, sports based dramas tackle the myth about how professional athletes live. Because of this, there is an overwhelming myth about professional athletes' financial status and how they live; this despite a new special from ESPN Films' 30 for 30 series. So it's nice to see a movie (even a direct to DVD movie) tackle the subject and show that things aren't always parties and planes for professional athletes.

The Last Fall's depiction of life post professional sports makes the story stand out among sports based dramas. It's thanks to the story?s script that this plot works. The movie itself runs just over an hour and a half. In that time, the story is simple enough to follow that if a person had to step out for any reason, one could let the movie keep running, come back, and still know what's going on. To that extent, this is a good thing believe it or not. It means that this movie will easily allow viewers to be pulled in and suspend their disbelief without worrying about becoming too invested in it to the point that they worry about missing anything. In simplest terms, the movie's overall success with its intended audiences can be summed up in one word: Balance. The script balances all of its elements in a short period of time so well that while it may not be a major motion picture, it's a story that any football fan will want to watch at least once.
½ August 6, 2013
Lance Gross turns in a steady performance as a NFL player whose career is on very shaky turf. As he comes to terms with what life after football means, it's clear he has some growing up to do. Enter Faith, the old high school sweet heart he once let slip away. Gross and leading lady Nicole Beharie enjoy a lovely chemistry, and neither of them veers into melodrama as they navigate the tripwires involved in dating a newly single mom. Vanessa Bell Calloway plays what could have been a cookie-cuttter 50-something, out-to-live-her-life mom of the protagonist, but she brings depth to a family that's just dysfunctional enough to relate to and loving enough to pull together. This movie makes the point that sometimes, yes, love can carry the day. And it does it with a whisper, not a shout.
January 6, 2013
It's a great under the radar movie that really shows what can happen to a man once his professional sports career is over. The ending left it open for a number two.
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