Mark Wahlberg stars as a 30-year-old who's frustrated and disappointed with the way his life has turned out. Working as a substitute teacher and part-time bartender, he takes a risk and tries out for a professional football team when the new coach announces open tryouts. Since he's never even played college football his chances of qualifying seem less than slim. However, his resolve gives hope to many of his friends and neighbors, who are out of work or fearing impending layoffs in their small Pennsylvania hometown. Also with Greg Kinnear, Elizabeth Banks, Kirk Acevedo and Lola Glaudini. Directed by Ericson Core. [1:44]
SEX/NUDITY 3 - A man and a woman kiss passionately, he lifts her up, pushes her back through a doorway and into his apartment, and it is implied that they have sex.
► Cheerleaders wear skimpy outfits that reveal cleavage, bare abdomens, bare legs and a part of their bare buttocks. A woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage and bare shoulders. A man is bare-chested while wrapping his abdomen with bandages.
► A husband and wife kiss, and a man and a woman kiss. A man and a woman go on a date.
VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A man punches another man in the face when they are playing football (non-professional and with no protective gear); players also shove each other while playing and tackle each other hard in several scenes.
► Two men in football uniforms fight by shoving each other. While playing a non-professional football game, one man shoves another man into and over a car, and the man lands hard on the ground.
► A man is knocked to the ground repeatedly during several professional football practices (we hear lots of crunching and moaning). Several men are tackled hard and thrown during professional football games (we hear moaning and crunching). Several men are struck and knocked to the ground during professional football tryouts. A man is struck hard in the crotch by a football. A football player is tackled very hard and he stays down on the ground for a while after the play (he eventually gets back up).
► A man is injured during professional football practices and we see him wrapping his ribs with bandages. A man throws a telephone through a glass door in anger and pounds on the walls with furniture.
► A woman leaves her husband and writes him a note that accuses him of being incapable of success. A man is let go from his job due to lack of funds. Police ward off striking workers at the gates to a factory. Labor strikes force people out of factories and plants and onto picket lines.
► We hear about a man who was injured in war and left hearing impaired.
► We hear two men vomiting in a restroom (gagging). A man urinates on a sidewalk outside a bar.
PROFANITY 1 - 3 mild obscenities, 3 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]
SUBSTANCE USE - People are shown drinking beer and alcohol in many bar scenes (several characters work in the bar and others hang out there), and a woman drinks wine.
DISCUSSION TOPICS - Factory layoffs, hope, unemployment, quitting, giving up, failure, winning and losing, pride, fear of failure, jealousy, sacrifice.
MESSAGE - One's character is revealed when they are put to a test.