Watch It

On DVD: Now | On Blu-ray: Now

The 5th Quarter Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 11+

Football tearjerker may be too intense for younger viewers.

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?

The good stuff
  • message true5

    Messages: This movie shows the power of determination, prayer, faith, and teamwork -- within families, friends, and football teams -- as a family grieves over the untimely death of their teenage son due to reckless driving. This film also shows the profoundly positive impact organ donation has, not only on those who need and receive organs but also for those families who donate the organs of lost loved ones.

  • rolemodels true5

    Role models: In their own ways, each member of the Abbate family attempts to work through the pain and loss they feel over the untimely death of 15-year-old Luke Abbate. Together and individually, they find the inner strength to work through their sorrow. Older brother Jon Abbate, a linebacker for Wake Forest University, uses the pain of the loss of his younger brother as motivation to overcome his own grief and to "play for two," leading Wake Forest to the best record they've ever had.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: After a car accident, teenagers are shown injured and bleeding. One of the boys is shown in a hospital bed, bleeding and unconscious.

  • sex false1

    Sex: Tame insinuations about a teenage girl "wanting" a teen boy "in every way."

  • language false2

    Language: "S--t," "ass."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not applicable

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters are shown drinking beer, wine, and tequila. Drunk characters -- including a college student -- act intoxicated but suffer the consequences of their actions in the form of peers showing concern and telling them to stop. A college student and football player turns to drinking in the aftermath of his younger brother's death but is shown by his friends and a personal trainer that drinking will not ease his suffering.