I love family movies- and this one has the components to make all members of the family happy! There is a huge part of this movie, obviously, that’s focused around football, 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 funny, several times while watching this movie I was thinking of that song “you can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you just might find, you get what you need” relating to the story. So many times people get hung up on what they think they want from life and find out that what they want is really what they needed- more simplicity and happiness. Its enjoyable to see Jake discover this during 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.
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.
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“I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of P&G and received a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.”