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GAME STANDS TALL
I considered this movie not to be about a high school football team, Concord’s De La Salle Catholic High School, but as a movie about the character of men, women, and families. Each of the main characters had their strengths and weaknesses which made the movie believable to me. I listened to an interview of the author of the book “When the Game Stands Tall,” Neli Hayes. Hayes mentioned that a few scenes had been edited for dramatic effect. I think that means they received the Hollywood treatment to make them look better on screen than they really were in real life.
The movie is saturated with clichés, but they were well placed and added to the story. The movie demonstrated what integrity, discipline, love, and faith can accomplish. After winning 151 games in a row, the De La Salle Spartans finally lost a couple of games in a row. The movie went on to show how the team rebounded to win the California State championship. Coach Ladouceur seemed less concerned about winning games than he did about building character in his players and demonstrating that same character in his own life. In commenting about winning, losing, and life, coach Ladouseur said, “Don't let a game define who you are. Let the way you live your lives do that." Good lesson for all of us.