Gridiron Gang

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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.

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A counselor (The Rock) at a juvenile detention facility decides to turn the young inmates in his charge into a football team to give them a sense of self-respect and social responsibility, but he faces opposition from high-school coaches who do not want their players facing criminals on the field.

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Malcolm Moore
Jade Yorker
Willie Weathers
Vanessa Ferlito
Lisa Gonzales
Leon Rippy
Paul Higa
Setu Taase
Junior Palaita
Shane Stanley
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Michael I. Rachmil
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Jeff Cutter
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Joel Negron
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Floyd Albee
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Critic Reviews for Gridiron Gang

All Critics (102) | Top Critics (29) | Fresh (43) | Rotten (59)

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  • Nov 05, 2012
    A very moving and powerful movie, Very entertaining, Easily one of Dwayne's best performance acting wise, Very good.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2011
    Gridiron Gang is what you might call a guilty pleasure of mine. Its a satisfying sports drama that tells the real life tale of a probabtion officer who wants to help his juvenile dilenquents by forming a football team. I found the plot very melodramatic, what I mean is that it tries a little TOO hard to be sad and emotional which is a huge problem for inspirational films, but it didn't mean the plot was bad. In fact, I found some of the characters of the kids to be truly satisfying and emotional, but the problem is that the character of coach Sean Porter (who is based on a real person) has no other backround in the film other than seeing his dying mother as she talks about how he was good at football, and I wanted to know what is pushing him to give these kids a second chance. Overall it could've been less dramatic and focused more on sports and characters. Dwayne Johnson is a pretty good actor, I mean his character is plain and has no backround info so for what its worth I think he did a decent performance. As for the rest of the cast, I thought this was a talented group of actors who will always be remembered as the football team in the Gridiron Gang. I consider the best sports movies ever to be Rudy and Hoosiers, and the reason is because the kids in those movies have a true love for their sport, while these kids in this are playing because it will help them learn to do better in life, so it made this a bit different from other sports films which is why I think many critics don't like it. This film is filled with many cliches that keep it from being different from other sports films, but its still an enjoyable movie with a good moral, good acting, a lot of heart, and even if it does follow the trend that makes most inspirational films fail, it has too many good attributes for me to call it a failed film, so I enjoyed it. If you disagree, I am sure you have liked your share of films the critics weren't huge fans of.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer
  • Oct 17, 2011
    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 r Super Reviewer
  • Jun 14, 2011
    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 Super Reviewer

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