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March 2, 2017
An inspiring sports drama with a well written story.

A drama that chronicles the entire 1988 season of the Permian High Panthers of Odessa, Texas, with football players, coaches, mothers, fathers, pastors, boosters, fans and families struggling with ongoing personal conflicts while the team fights for a state championship. A town for sale, Odessa, Texas has seen better days--the financial bust evident in its boarded-up shops and broken lives. Yet one hope sustains the community where, once a week during the fall, the town and its dreams come alive beneath the dazzling and disorienting Friday night-lights. When the Permian High Panthers take to the field. In a city where economic uncertainty has eroded the spirit of its inhabitants, nearly everyone seeks comfort in the religion of the Friday night ritual, where the unfulfilled dreams of an entire community are shifted onto the shoulder pads of a team of high-school athletes.

It feels like the sports drama has the potential to be extremely impactful but at the same time, it also has the potential to be the most cliche. Nowadays, most sports movies tend to follow the same routine, making them predictable and saturated. Considering this film is much older, its story is still well written and although it's a little predictable at times, it still makes for some powerful moments.

It really feels like this film has a Southern vibe in it and since its set in Texas, that's kind of a given. Considering this story took place years and years ago, it does feel like a different period within sports. The way people view their sports and the kids that play in it is much different then how they're treated today. Not necessarily in terms of glamour, but in a different kind of way. I enjoy the story and it feels like something we don't see ALL the time.

The screenplay was well written and like I said earlier, there were a handful of powerful moments in this film. Every player has their own learning curve and hardships that they have to face, and each one feels different. You have a variety of personalities among the team and it never felt like any of the conflict was forced. I like seeing these teenagers grow and just how they navigate the pressure of this time period.

Along with the screenplay, the editing and the soundtrack were also fitting for the film. It felt like the pacing was done really well and the film was well directed. It's a really solid piece of work and it's a sports film that I think many people should watch.
½ January 12, 2017
Not As Well Done As Oliver Stone's "Any Given Sunday" But The True Story Thing Gives It Good Gravitass. There Is A Few Good Performances. It Drifts A Couple Of Different Ways In Terms Of Story & Kinda Loses It's Key Focus At Times..Nothing Too Serious, But It Does Take Away Given A Long Running Time.
½ January 10, 2017
Aggressive, but shows off the true sides of the sport. It was an interesting true story of a team that tries just about everything to make it big, even through the pain and suffering of individual players.
December 19, 2016
One of the better football movies since it spends time focusing on the depressing drama surrounding the game and the characters are well-done. At the end of the day it's still about a sport so I wasn't totally engaged.
October 5, 2016
This is a top sports movie. The importance placed on character development, personal growth and the bonds that can be formed on a team, give this story it's soul. Mix that in with the most realistic sports action to ever hit the big screen and you end up with a gritty, thought provoking film. All of you who don't like this movie have obviously never played a team sport. Those of you who have will def find a connection to this tale. Life isn't about winning but the character, experiences, lessons and friendships you find along the way.
September 2, 2016
A must see high school football drama!
July 21, 2016
its an alright football movie
July 14, 2016
Billy Bob Thorton is disgusting
June 29, 2016
excellent as a drama and as a sports movie. great acting all around. It's an eye-opening look at America's obsession with football.
½ June 18, 2016
72%
Saw this on 18/6/16
This is one of the least arousing sports movies that I have seen in recent times all because of the innumerous amount of cliches that plague this movie. Despite lacking a drive or clear character development (except for a few of the characters), this film succeeds in parts because at times its story seem fresh and emotional, but that kind of a feeling does not stay for long while watching this movie. The action in the field seems uninspired on the whole and Peter Berg's direction, though good is not his best.
½ May 26, 2016
Una muy buena historia, de las mejores peliculas de futbol americano que se han hecho, llena de pasion, las escenas de juego y entrenamiento te hacen sentir como se vive en realidad el futbol americano de prepas en USA, altamente recomendable.
April 19, 2016
Billy Bob Thornton is excellent in this. When playing the manager of a sports team it is much easier to go down the drill instructor route and start screaming and shouting. Thornton is mostly calm and calculated but when he does dish it out he let's em have it. A terrific performance. I know nothing about American Egg Chasing but the action sequences looked great and it has a solid soundtrack.
February 22, 2016
Never before has the roller-coaster of raw emotion that is high school sports been captured so accurately on screen. The cast all gives excellent and convincing performances, the plot is realistic and often surprisingly thought-provoking. It all adds up to a heart-wrenching finish that genuinely brought tears to my eyes, something pretty rare for me. This is the greatest football movie ever made, and yes it's even better than Remember the Titans.
January 30, 2016
"I give it a 10 a fucking 10!!"
½ January 11, 2016
Well acted and emotional, FNL is the hardhitting, serious football film audiences have always wished Disney would make, but knew they couldn't. Thorton does a good acting job here, and the film accurately captures the insane pressure a non-industrial town can put on its local high-school football team. The strong southern twang in the dialogue got a bit exhausting for me though.
December 24, 2015
good movie with a nice story. lots of good montages and intense scenes. really shows the love of football. some emotional parts as well, although I thought some of the side stories were unnecessary like the crazy mom (1 viewing)
½ December 15, 2015
There's some wonderful material in the book this film is based on but the movie is mainly interested in showing football games, something Bissinger's well-written book mostly avoided in favour of much more interesting sociological analysis of small town Texas life.
November 9, 2015
Enjoyed the quasi-documentary style filming. A real slice of life.
October 10, 2015
Exciting, Well-Acted, and the drama works. Friday Night Lights will please both Football fans and drama-lovers cause this is a fantastic film that everybody SHOULD see.
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