Gridiron Gang

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Released 2006

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Director:
Phil Joanou
Released:
2006
Rating:
PG-13
Gridiron Gang is a 2006 sports drama directed by Phil Joanou (Final Analysis, State of Grace). Gridiron Gang is about a gaggle of felons at a juvenile detention center and how their camp officer Sean Porter (Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, The Rundown, Be Cool, The Scorpion King, Walking Tall, Faster, The Other Guys, Doom, Race to Witch Mountain), and his friend Malcolm Moore (Xzibit, Derailed, Conspiracy Theory, Domino, XXX: State of the Union) turn the teenage criminals into football players in a matter of weeks. Confronted with gang rivalries between his teammates, Porter attempts to teach the kids self-respect and responsibility. Gridiron Gang is based on the true story of Porter's first football team, who wasn't coaching trained athletes, and whose players' parents weren't on the sidelines. There were no scholarships at stake or academic probations to worry about. The man was coaching gangbangers and murderers in a low security juvenile facility with nothing to lose and everything to gain.

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  • 70

    Variety

    A crowd-pleasing, uplifting, feel-good and not-so-rare hybrid -- the sports/prison movie -- in which Los Angeles gangbangers are taught the virtues of trading violence on the stree...

  • 50

    The New York Times Jeannette Catsoulis

    The movie's good intentions are consistently undermined by its simplistic notion of redemption, and its inspirational thrust is diluted by an epilogue that suggests the program sti...

  • 50

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Parades itself as an ''honest'' message movie, a call for troubled kids to choose life over street nihilism, but the picture is so earnest that it leaves out the easy, old-school p...

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