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Touchback Review

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    Variety Joe Leydon

    This handsomely produced but ponderously uplifting trifle should be flagged for excessive schmaltz and offensive illogic.

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OK for kids 13+

Former jock gets second chance in uplifting sports drama.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Touchback is an uplifting "do-over drama" about a high school football star who gets a second chance to replay the big game in which a debilitating injury ends his sports career. As the clock ticks down, he's forced to decide what's really important. There are some thought-provoking moments as he compares the love of friends and family to the prospect of fame and glory -- but there's also some swearing ("crap," "ass," etc.), some hard hits on the football field, some drinking, a few kisses, and a scene in which teens go skinny dipping (no graphic nudity). But on the whole, this is a feel-good sports film that's appropriate for families with teens to watch and discuss.

  • Families can talk about Scott's choices. Given the chance to change his life, why do you think he makes the decisions he makes? Would you have done anything differently?
  • How does Touchback compare to other sports movies? Did you find it surprising or predictable? What do sports movies tend to have in common?
  • Do you think Scott is a good role model?

The good stuff
  • message true4

    Messages: When Scott gets the chance to change his life, he must decide what's really important: fame and fortune as a star athlete or the love of his family and the respect of his small-town neighbors.

  • rolemodels true3

    Role models: Scott is revered as the star of his high school football team, but he can still be a jerk to the less popular kids in school. But when he gets a second chance to play the biggest game of his life, he makes some surprising choices -- ones that benefit others more than himself.

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence: Football players deliver some pretty hard hits on the field, one of which leads to a gruesome injury.

  • sex false3

    Sex: A few kisses. A high school student's girlfriend propositions him when her parents are out of the house. Four teens go skinny dipping in one scene, but no sensitive body parts are shown.

  • language false2

    Language: Language includes "ass," "crap," and "damn."

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: Visible brands include Pabst Blue Ribbon beer and Jack Daniel's whiskey.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Adult characters get passed-out drunk on whiskey. Two guys drink beer while they hang out together.