What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The 5th Quarter is a true story about a family and football team who come together in the aftermath of the tragic death of a 15-year-old boy due to reckless teenage driving. Although it's ultimately an inspirational story, much of the first half of the movie shows the emotional devastation experienced by a family after the death of a loved one: scenes in the hospital and at the funeral and subsequent scenes in which family members try to cope with their loss. These scenes might be a bit much for younger or more sensitive viewers. There also is some profanity ("s--t") and alcohol abuse, although the movie makes it clear that drinking to forget one's problems isn't effective. Overall the movie shows the power of family, faith, friendship, and football to help ease the tremendous difficulty of untimely death, and the film also shows the positive benefits of organ donation -- not only for the recipients of the needed organs but also for the families who agree to donate the organs of their beloved deceased.
- Families can talk about movies in which sports and athletics play a prominent part. How is this movie similar to and different from other sports films?
- How are faith and religion presented in this movie?
- At the end of the movie, before the credits, there is mention of the Luke Abbate 5th Quarter Foundation, a foundation dedicated to raising awareness of the dangers of reckless teenage driving and the benefits of organ donation. How did the movie itself raise awareness of both of these things?