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Facing the Giants (2006)

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Critic Consensus: The tropes of both football and evangelical movies are gracelessly on parade in this banal, insipid drama.

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A failing high-school football coach finds that in order to succeed he must convince his team that there's more to sports than fame and glory in an inspirational tale of courage on the gridiron and the power of God's word. Grant Taylor (Alex Kendrick) has been coaching the Shiloh Eagles for six years, and he has yet to realize his dream of a winning season. When the team's star player transfers schools, the first three games of the new season show no promise for improvement, troubles at home begin to take their toll, and a plot among the player's fathers to have him fired finds his future in football looking bleak, Coach Taylor is faced with the prospect of either cutting his losses and admitting defeat or turning his life over to God in an attempt to test the true power of faith. With his job on the line and nothing left to lose, Coach Taylor convinces his determined team of underdogs that there's nothing they can't accomplish with a little faith -- including the miracle of a winning season when all hope seems lost. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Cast

Alex Kendrick
as Grant Taylor
Shannen Fields
as Brooke Taylor
Steve Williams
as Larry Childers
Bailey Cave
as David Childers
Jason McLeod
as Brock Kelley
Tracy Goode
as Brady Owens
Chris Willis
as J.T. Hawkins Jr.
Mark Richt
as Himself
James Blackwell
as Matt Prater
Jim McBride
as Bobby Lee Duke
Tommy McBride
as Jonathan Weston
Ray Wood
as Mr. Bridges
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All Critics (24) | Top Critics (6)

By preaching to the converted so heavy-handedly, the filmmakers fumble an opportunity to reach beyond their target demo of devout churchgoers.

October 2, 2006 | Full Review…
Variety
Top Critic

Facing the Giants feels like an overly earnest church sketch of the type many evangelical congregations use as a teaching tool on Sunday between the worship music and pastor's message.

September 30, 2006 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Those looking for an evening's diversion will find it an amateur exercise that has the feel of a film-school project.

September 29, 2006 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
Seattle Times
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The wholesomeness of the message and the movie's cast make it feel 1950s retro.

September 29, 2006 | Rating: 2/5
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

I'm not about to argue with the message, but the delivery system sinks below the level of after-school special, and the acting matches.

September 29, 2006 | Rating: D+
Denver Rocky Mountain News
Top Critic

The religious proselytizing in this football movie is about as subtle as a blindside hit by a 300-pound defensive end.

September 28, 2006 | Rating: 2/4
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Audience Reviews for Facing the Giants

this is a really inspiring movie. my expectations for it were on the floor before i watched it, but i actually really liked it.

Thomas Bowler
Thomas Bowler

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½

Facing The Giants is better then "Friday Night Lights", but not quite a "Remember The Titans." It stands as my second favorite football movie ever. I watched this with not high hopes as I did not know any of the actors and honestly I dont really care for religion. I personally am Agonostic and do not really know if I even believe in God, let alone powers to make a losing team a winning team, but the movie has some intense scenes. While I dont neccesarily care for Christanity this movie shows a deep sense of faith, hope, honor, glory, and committment. It has everything that a football player, and a person in general should have. The actors although hardly known turn out with amazing performances, the plot is convincing and carries interest through out the entire movie, and it has some of the most memorable football scenes a sports movie can offer. It's truly a touching film, that I cannot wait to buy.

Bobby Hobbs
Bobby Hobbs

Super Reviewer

An uplifting Christian-heavy football movie with a decent budget. Sappy and predictable at times, it offers hope for those who need to win. There were respectable production values considering the movie was funded by a smaller studio.

Lafe Fredbjornson
Lafe Fredbjornson

Super Reviewer

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