Undefeated Breaks the Sports Movie Mold
- Friday, March 02, 2012
In Undefeated, we spend quite a bit of time with three Tigers in particular, including the aforementioned Brown—a journey that’s nothing short of rewarding. Whether it’s seeing troublemaker like Chavis Daniels, who’s already spent time in juvenile detention, begin to overcome his anger issues or the formidable on-the-field presence, O.C. Brown (no relation to “Money”) finally do well enough on his ACT so he could have a shot at attending college, you can’t help but be moved.
If anything, the tireless efforts of Coach Courtney that are highlighted in Undefeated are a reminder of just how important it is for believers to put our faith in action—because it truly can make a difference now—and for years to come.
- Drugs/Alcohol: Drug-related activity is referenced but nothing more.
- Language/Profanity: Several uses of sh--, as-, da--, h-ll and a few instances where freakin’ stands in for its harsher counterpart. God’s name is misused once.
- Sex/Nudity: None.
- Violence: A couple of scuffles between players (tension escalates when one teammate calls another player “gay”), but nothing overly heated. There’s also normal football-related action with hard hits, etc.
Faith: Coach Courtney is shown leading his team in prayer, and during their pre-game huddles, they recite the Lord’s Prayer. Going to church is something the team also values, along with character qualities like teamwork, sacrifice and discipline. Courtney is also intentional about being a good father since he was also the son of a single parent. While it’s clear that Courtney loves God, his family and ultimately wants the best for his team, it may be unsettling for some viewers that he’s shown praying in one scene and using saltier language (mostly sh--) in other scenes. The profanity is usually in response to someone not giving it their all on the field.
Christa Banister is a full-time freelancer writer, specializing in music, movies and books-related reviews and interviews and is the author of two novels, Around the World in 80 Dates and Blessed Are the Meddlers. Based in Dallas, Texas, she also weighs in on various aspects of pop culture on her personal blog. For more information, including her upcoming book signings and sample chapters of her novels, check out her Website.
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