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Remember the Titans Review

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  • 3.0

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 50

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    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Denzel Washington, by now, could do this sort of role in his sleep.

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  • 75

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    USA Today Susan Wloszczyna

    Producer Jerry Bruckheimer, in an atypically high-minded and low-budget frame of mind, manages to breeze through most of the gridiron genre's obstacles with his admirable, crowd-pleasing Titans.

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OK for kids 10+

Inspiring football drama brings history to life.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Remember the Titans tells the inspirational true story about the struggles and victories of a newly-integrated high school football team in 1971 Alexandria, Virginia. As such, the film reflects the divisive nature of the times -- the film begins with a near-riot scene between African-Americans and whites on the street separated by the police as bottles and windows break. The racial tensions of the town -- segregation in restaurants, racial slurs, fist fights in the high school -- are shown to highlight the backdrop in which the Titans must learn to get along and play together as a team. The movie includes racist comments and situations and some locker room insults. A major character is critically injured in a car accident. When the boys refer to a long-haired teammate as a "fruitcake," he responds by kissing one of them on the mouth. There are some scuffles and threats of more serious violence. Ultimately, Remember the Titans is a deeply moving film about the courage of individuals and the power of sports to transcend perceived and ingrained differences.

  • Families can talk about the arguments Boone and Yoast have about how to motivate the team. Which one inspired the players to do their best, and how they did he do it?
  • How have times changed since 1971? What remains the same? Is society more color-blind now?
  • Why are so many sports movies inspiring? What are some of your other favorites?

The good stuff
  • message true5

    Messages: It isn't easy, but when people learn to set aside their fear and prejudice and work together, they can accomplish truly great things, not just in sports, but in life.

  • rolemodels true5

    Role models: Coach Boone overcomes tremendous challenges as he tirelessly works to bring together his African-American and white football players. Coach Yoast puts his team and his principles before his ambitions to be both the Head Coach of TC Williams High School and an inductee in the Virginia High School Hall of Fame. As team captains, Julius and Gerry move past their prejudice and distrust and learn to work together and lead their team to victory.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence and scariness: Early in the film, a street scene on the verge of a riot is shown. Bottles are thrown and broken, windows are shattered. As the Titans try to integrate, a white player and a black player get into a fistfight in their training camp dorm room. In their high school, a brief exchange of punches is quickly broken up as white students attempt to beat up a black student because they believe he's flirting with one of the white student's girlfriends. During the football games and practices, there are lots of montages with tackles. A car accident is shown -- a character doesn't pay attention, runs a stop sign, and is struck on the driver's side by a truck.

  • sex false1

    Sexy stuff: Boy taunts another boy by calling him a "fruitcake"; boy responds by kissing him.

  • language false2

    Language: White characters infrequently use racial slurs.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue