Game Time: Tackling the Past Movie Review

I was given a chance to view an advance screening of Game Time: Tackling the Past [website], the latest collaboration between Wal-Mart and Proctor and Gamble and their Family Movie Night [facebook].  The movie will premiere on Saturday September 3rd, on NBC at 8PM/7PM central.  This is the third movie I've screen for Family Movie Night and P&G’s movies are great in quality with regards to production and morals.  This months movie, Tackling the Past deals with the issue of being selfless and working together as a team.

As you can tell from the title, the movie has to do with football. Jake Walker (Ryan McPartlin from Chuck) is an all-star professional football player. He plays for a fictional Memphis NFL team (Tight End I believe) and holds all the team records. His lucrative multi-year contract just ended and he's in his option period and has no reason to believe he isn't going to remain on the team. During the pre-season practice we find out he just had major knee surgery and he isn't as fast as he was last year. Regardless, in an after practice news interview he promises that he's going to stay on the team that he brought to their current level and he's going to break all his records this season.

But back in his hometown in North Carolina, his father (Beau Bridges) and brother coach a struggling high school football team. It comes across that Jake hasn't been home in years and there's resentment from his brother and father. After dinner dad has a heart attack, and because Jake is schmoozing the teams with his agent doesn't answer the phone. Eventually he returns home to adoring fans and a family that is proud of him for what he's accomplished, but not for how he's acted.

The story deals with the idea of teamwork and sacrifice of one owns personal goals.

Proctor and Gamble has done a terrific job of producing movies that are family friendly, with excellent production and recognizable cast members. MaddSkillz watched some of it (but had to go to bed) and KC followed along with me. It's totally a movie a family can enjoy together.

Game Time: Tackling the Past will premier on Saturday September 3rd, on NBC at 8PM/7PM central.

“I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Dad Central Consulting on behalf of P&G and received a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.”