Today I am reviewing another movie from Family Movie Night, set to premiere this weekend on September 3rd on NBC at the usual time – 8/7 U.S. Central time. The movie is called Game Time: Tackling the Past and is based on fictional football player (the American kind) Jake Walker.
When Game Time starts off, we are shown a quick clip of the main character, Jake Walker, and who we can presume to be his brother and father playing football with him. Flash forward to the modern day and we can see the main character still playing the game. Things obviously aren’t looking to good for Jake, he’s slowing down and simply isn’t playing as well as he used too.
Jake is shown as someone who obviously cares for his fans. His father is shown to be a man of good morals, refusing to cheat to give his failing team an advantage. Good morals such as these are promoted throughout the movie, and are a driving force in it.
While Jake is looking to get boosters for the team, his father suffers a heart attack back at home. Jake then returns to his home of North Carolina to stay with his family for a while. His dad is in bad condition, and through the flashbacks Jake has, we can see their relationship is obviously tense.
Soon Jake has another offer arrive, and he faces the challenge of choosing which path he will take. Will he stay with his family and friends back in North Carolina, or will he accept the new contract he has been offered? The climax of the movie leaves Jake with tough decisions to make, and I was actually left somewhat surprised at how things turned out.
One thing that was a bit irritating was the obvious product placements in the movie. For example, there is a scene in which they are obviously promoting Windows Messenger. In another scene, the promotion of Marie Calendar is completely obvious. These are just two quick examples. This, in my opinion, doesn’t do the movie any good and is distracting.
Now for the acting in the movie. The acting is very good, it is not the best in the world, but still very good compared to other films. The main issue when it comes to the acting in this particular film is that some scenes seem kind of “forced.” They just don’t seem as natural as they should have been. There is always room for improvement, overall all though, like I said, the acting is very good in the film.
Game Time has a good plot, and is a great movie for the family to enjoy together. Although it suffers from poor and completely obvious product placements and a bit when it comes to acting, the film is still a great one. Overall I would give it three and a half (3.5) stars out five (5). If you or someone in your family is a football fan, or you are just looking for a decent family movie, this is a great movie for you to watch.
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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.