Family movies are usually heart warming- and this one has the components to make all members of the family happy! There is a huge part of this movie that’s focused around football, what the south loves, but not so much that non football fans will be turned off- there’s some wonderful relationships that change, grow and evolve between parents, sons, brothers, and so much more. P&G and Walmart have brought a great film to the table, with some great talent in this latest Family Movie Night film and I definitely think this is one you won’t want to miss!
Its got humour in the movie as well as the expected drama. So many times people get stuck on what life should be about and find out that what they want is really what they needed- more simplicity and happiness. Its enjoyable to see Jake discover this throughout the film.
Pro football star Jake Walker is living the dream… or so he thinks. The veteran tight end is a fan favorite and on pace to set the all-time receiving yards record that will guarantee him a spot in the Hall of Fame. While working out at training camp, Jake receives an unexpected call from his brother Dean – their father Frank has suffered a major heart attack. Jake immediately leaves practice and returns to Riverton, North Carolina, the small hometown he’s avoided for nearly 15 years. Memories of glory and regret flood his mind as he returns to the family and friends he abandoned in pursuit of his career. Jake dutifully visits with Frank and Dean, but hurt and misunderstanding from the past begins to resurface, leaving him counting the days until he can return to his team.Join the #FamilyMovie Twitter Party on 9/1 from 3:00-4:00PM EST! Please visit here: http://bit.ly/royhXW. Stay up to date with all of the latest Family Movie Night info on Facebook!
A second unexpected call, this time from his agent, delivers Jake another crushing blow. His contract is not being renewed amid concerns about his surgically repaired knee. Suddenly, the life Jake knows is over. To avoid the media circus around this news, Jake reluctantly decides to extend his stay in Riverton. Attempting to make the best of the situation, he begins reconnecting with the community that once revered him. Jake is reintroduced to Sarah, his high school sweetheart, and helps Dean take over their father’s high school coaching job.
Surprisingly impacted by the people around him, the real Jake begins to emerge from behind his armor to see that life is much more than the accumulation of personal stats. But when Jake’s offered a lucrative new contract to play for another team, he is forced to decide whether to go back to the career he thought he loved, or stay in Riverton and embrace the people who always believed in him.
Again, the premiere of Game Time: Tackling the Past is on Saturday, September 3 on NBC at 8pm ET/7pm CT. Make sure to check it out!
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