Two documentary filmmakers follow the 2009 football season of Manassas High School, in rough-and-tumble North Memphis. After countless years with a struggling program, volunteer coach Bill Courtney challenges his players, many of whom have been disregarded or forgotten by society, to build character, put team first and become winners. Directed by Daniel Lindsay. [1:50]
SEX/NUDITY 2 - A teenage boy tells a man that he is upset with another teenage boy because he thinks the teenage boy was acting "gay" when he was touching his arm. A man teases a teenage boy about having a girlfriend after instructing him how to apply cologne. A man tells a teenage boy that he is going to have teenage girls following him and he then jokingly sings rap lyrics to the boy.
► A man pats a teenage boy on the behind in a non-sexual manner. A man kisses a teenage boy on the cheek in a non-sexual manner.
► Teenage girl cheerleaders are seen wearing tight uniforms. A teenage girl cheerleader's torso is partially exposed when she lifts up her arms and her shirt lifts. On multiple occasions, teenage boys are seen shirtless with bare chests and backs visible, as they work out and practice sports. A teenage boy's bare chest is visible when he takes off his shirt. A teenage boy is seen pulling on pants over a pair of tight long underwear. A teenage boy is seen frequently sagging his pants and his athletic shorts are seen under his sagging pants.
VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A teenage boy is smashed in a football tackle and falls to the ground, and he is seen moments later surrounded by other teenage boys, lying on the ground and whimpering in pain; he limps off the field and is later told by a doctor that he has torn a ligament in his knee.
► We learn that a teenage boy had started a fight with another teenage boy: we do not see the fight, but we hear thudding and what sounds like metal hitting the ground as a teenage boy shouts, and a man discusses how the boys had not been injured but the fight had been serious. A teenage boy shoves another teenage boy's arms away from him, he shouts, stands up and is about to jump on the other teenage boy, who walks away unharmed.
► Throughout the movie, we see teenage boys on football teams violently shoving and hitting one another on the field. We see teenage boys tackling and chasing other teenage boys as they play football. We see a teenage boy thrown through the air and flip over before hitting the ground as he is tackled (we do not know if he is injured). During a football game where two teenage boys slam into one another, we hear an announcer say that it looks like one boy could have "snapped his neck" after hitting another boy (the teenage boy is unharmed). Throughout the movie, we see teenage boys tackling, wrestling and shoving one another as they practice football. A teenage boy slams another teenage boy to the ground during football practice. A teenage boy kicks a football and it hits another teenage boy in the back, and we hear a thud (he is unharmed).
► A police officer escorts a teenage boy out of a building with his arms held behind his back. On multiple occasions we see abandoned, boarded up houses, including houses that appear to have bullet holes in the windows and doors; a teenage boy is seen living in a house with a collapsed ceiling.
► A man shouts at several teenage boys on multiple occasions. A man shouts at a teenage boy. A man shouts and throws his hat on the ground as he stomps his feet. A man says that he had "screamed" at his family.
► A man tells a group of teenage boys that two teenage boys had been shot, that another teenage boy was spending time in jail after shooting a person in the face with a BB gun, and a teenage boy had been arrested for drug use. We learn that a teenage boy had spent 15 months in a juvenile prison facility (it is not explained why). A man asks several teenage boys if they know anyone who is incarcerated, they raise their hands and the man explains that his father was in jail when he was growing up. A teenage boy tells a man that he is going to "fire on" another teenage boy and slap him if he touches him again. A teenage boy calls another teenage boy "gay" on four occasions. Several police officers tell a man that a group of teenage boys cannot shake hands with other teenage boys in order to prevent a fight. A police officer tells a group of teenage boys that he is concerned about a series of threats they had received from another group of high school boys, saying they would "win a fight." We hear a man explain that a teenage boy's father had died. A teenage boy tells the camera that his father had died when he was 13. We see a teenage boy standing by a tombstone, explaining that his father had died. A man says, half-jokingly, that he would "kill himself" if a team does not win. A teenage boy tells a man that he will "die for" him. A man tells a group of teenage boys they are "killing him." A man tells a group of teenage boys that he had "cussed" too much the previous day and had to pray for forgiveness for the things he said (we do not hear his exclamations). A teenage boy jokes that people would think he was running from the police if they saw him jogging. A teenage girl jokes and says that another teenage girl had told her that her "bones hurt" when she listens to two songs at once.
► A teenage boy playfully hits another teenage boy on the head as he is drinking, and the boy then spits out his drink. Two men jokingly punch one another in the shoulder. A teenage boy playfully tackles and punches another teenage boy.
► We see a photograph of a teenage boy with his hand wrapped in a cast. A man drives a car on the sidewalk next to a teenage boy.
► We see a fish hanging from a teenage boy's fishing pole; it struggles and its gills open and close.
PROFANITY 5 - About 2 F-words, 1 sexual reference, 8 scatological terms, 11 anatomical terms (2 mild), 11 mild obscenities, 2 racial slurs, name-calling (acting a fool, undisciplined, whipping boy, horrible, little baby, talkers, idiots, doofus, big booty girl), exclamations (heck, golly, gosh, holy moly, shut up, freaking), 2 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]
SUBSTANCE USE - A man uses the idea of a drug-addicted person as an example for when to cut off a person's activity. We see an empty bottle in a man's office and it appears to be a display bottle of tequila.
DISCUSSION TOPICS - Dedication, high school football, competition, character, Aaron Hayden NFL player, first generation college students, pay games of high school football, science fair, Dog the Bounty Hunter, racial differences, The Blind Side movie, ACT test, ACL ligament, disappointment.
MESSAGE - Dedication, perseverance, hard work and having someone believe in you can change your entire life.