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Friday Night Lights

Published August 22, 2019

Friday Night Lights

Film info

  • Title Friday Night Lights
  • Director Peter Berg
  • Year 2004
  • Run time 1hr 57m
  • Genre Drama
  • Tagline Hope comes alive on Friday nights

A genuine stand-up-and-cheer movie about a courageous high school football team's fight to fulfill their destiny and live their dream, Friday Night Light is unforgettable and real! Billy Bob Thornton stars in a true American story of how one legendary Texas town made hope come alive under the exhilarating glare of Friday Night Lights.

Live blog

TimeComment
3:27Running to training is showing off a bit, I think.
4:33How long has Nike v Adidas been going on?
7:32“What’s it like to be the son of a local legend?” Bloody awful, I’d imagine.
14:26It’s weird that they’re so famous and they haven’t even done anything yet.
16:37I like the guy that doesn’t say anything.
16:57Baby Rayna James with a perm.
27:14Their first game is versus Marshall, off of that other film we watched!
32:57So he just straight up lies to his team? Not injured, back in a week.
40:52There’s just these oil things scattered around everywhere.
47:04Ooh yea, it’s hot in Texas. Don’t fancy being a mascot.
51:52Decoy or player. They do that?
59:19How does a two-sided coin toss decide a three-way tie?
1:00:07“You know what else it is? They doin’ too much learning in their schools.”
1:07:25I don’t like the idea of having my name on a sign in the front garden of my house. Privacy much.
1:16:59God, must be so hard knowing you’re up against the favourites.
1:17:19“Beat ‘em.” Great advice.
1:22:10Intimidated cheerleaders are cute.
1:33:36I will never get over how brutal this game is, and this film isn’t helping!
1:38:06Mr C helping with some football knowledge but I am floundering a bit.
1:45:54Is it better when they were being trounced though, or to just have missed out?

Thoughts

I had vaguely heard of this and seen the subsequent TV show fly past me on various streaming services, but never given it much thought. I sort of knew it was quite highly regarded, so on a tired evening, decided to give it a shot.

I love a good sports film, and this had everything a good sports film needs - the heroes, the villains, the hope, the glory, the triumph and tragedy, and a last gasp, all eyes pinned on the final moments… to then deliver the results one way or the other.

But on top of all that, it also had some interesting drama. I’m not gonna come out and say these guys are the best actors I’ve ever seen, but you really felt for them being stuck in this small town where football is considered the only way out. It’s all or nothing for a whole year, they live this game, the pressure is intense, and then it’s over and the rest of your life stretches ahead. Incredible.

Rating: 5 / 5

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