Friday Night Lights

Friday Night Lights

Friday Night Lights

In a racially charged and economically drained Texas town, high school football players feel immense pressure to defend their team's winning reputation in this 2004 adaptation of H.G. Bissinger's book. Stars Oscar-nominated actor Billy Bob Thornton.

When the star tailback, Boobie Miles (Derek Luke), is seriously injured during the first game of the season, all hope is lost, and the town's dormant social problems begin to flare up. It is left to the inspiring abilities of new coach Gary Gaines (Thornton) to instill in the other team members - and, by proxy, the town itself - a sense of self-respect and honor.

Director Peter Berg (Lone Survivor) went on to create the Emmy-winning TV series Friday Night Lights which ran for five seasons.

2004Rating: PG, Low level coarse language, Mature themes118 minsUSA, Germany
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TV Guide

TV Guide

Thornton is impeccably cast as the tough but understanding coach who may lose his temper on the field, but refrains from getting excessively preachy during his locker-room speeches. Luke shines in his role, as do the rest of the well-rounded team players.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Uplifting and troubling, partly because it is more honest than most sports movies about the high cost and short life span of high school football glory.

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

Chronicling the team’s 1988 season, the film is red meat for rabid football junkies. Berg (The Rundown) takes you so deep into the action, you can hear the bones crunch.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Directed by sometime actor Peter Berg through the framework of an earthy coming-of-age saga, the grunt 'n' buckle trade-offs of 'football' have never felt so profound.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

Oddly enough, despite all these undertones, "Friday Night Lights" does also work like a traditional sports movie, and there's enormous tension and excitement at the end, when everything comes down to the last play in the state finals.

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