The film is very Disney and i am sure played with some of the real facts but as a sports drama it is pretty fun to watch and Marky Mark downplays the role really well.
One Of Wahlberg's better roles.
When we see we hate losing when our team performs bad. When we hate other things when bills pile, we can't balance life, friends and relationships. When we hate how everything around us sucks when life is hard. When what we like we enjoy, when we play the game great that others like what they see and other things they hate. When we see there are other things we hate our rivals beside us. When we see we got to stop hating ourselves and start hating others who put you down. When we see we like other things that like us to do good. When others see we are making others look bad to hate us. When hating comes natural when we are not here to make friends, but to get a spot on the team. When we see waiting for it to all end we hate when we don't know. When we hate falling back to make necessary adjustments to our game. When we hate falling to only get right back up. When we hate all the aches & pains that come with the game to see it's all worth it to get a spot. When living in some dumps we hate the realities it brings to like some perks. When other things we hate is it all ending to just focus on one at a time so we don't lose it all. When what we hate is not knowing to like a few tips and tricks that helps us. When we see we hate the same results when signs are showing no progress. When what others see and hope for is liking the home team and hating all other teams that we know our city is counting on us. When what others hate is the business counting on them to win when football is about progress and business. When we see we hate cutting those who we really like, when they got heart. When we see the city could use a boost when we hate hard times to see one of their own do good. When what we like to hate are some people when they are good company. When we hate one of our own leaving to hate how we going to miss them. When we hate other things when it's pressure, when it messes with our stomachs and nerves. When what we grew up liking we must hate when we are rivals.
When we see that we hate missing something's when it's our opponents move. When what we like we grow to hate when there is no love in losing. When we hate how things can just go up in smoke when dreams and our livelihoods could vanish that we hate what comes after, that fight to crawl back fighting. When we hate to do somethings to people to do it anyway when it's right. When we see what we others can't see to disappoint them. When we hate how serious things get when not around friends when we could use a pick me up. When we hate how others dont treat us like one of the guys to be seen as a girl we know we ain't the guys to see we like them. When we see there is plenty to like about our team to hate not to do it for them. When what others hate we need to get over when they like us to do good. When we hate the lows some things might bring to enjoy the highs they eventually come, when what we can't help but not hate is a fan that we do it for them and others.
Is this corny, yes, is it an eye roller sometimes, yes. Good though.
I think if they hadn't shown the real Papale in the pre-credits, I think I'd like this movie a bit more. In those ten seconds, I saw more fire, heart, and passion than Wahlberg's hangdog two-hour portrait. I was never sold on why coach picked him for heart, but seeing Papale I understood. Wahlberg never showed that once, and I usually really enjoy him. The movie also hit all the beats and everything mentioned or done in the movie came back around at some point. Incredibly average when all is said and done, and five minutes after asking, "Are we gonna learn who any of his teammates are?" I learned that it didn't matter because the ending was the beginning.
As a movie about a small-town success, I was enjoying it until I saw the real Papale and realized I'd rather have seen the documentary.
He had a lot of heart and actually made big plays in his career as he played for the Eagles for 3 years.
The movie jumps right into the story of Philly friends who are a tight knit group and play football on the side as a unit.
When an open tryout is called, Papale goes for it and makes the squad.
I really think Wahlberg was fantastic here. He really was. He made this movie for me. He really sold the role, and I never once thought he was "acting."
The story had a lot of interest, the football shots were really good, and the supporting actors of Kinnear, and Banks fit in really nicely.
It could of had a little bit more depth but the movie was really hard not to like.
The movie did a good job of shaping the times, and the music was also excellent.
I really enjoyed the slow motion football shots as the action was really intriguing.
Overall a very solid film that I would watch again in large part to Wahlbergs dialed in performance.