Gridiron Gang DVD Review
Courtesy of Sony
The Rock and Xzibit star as probabtion officers who turn a group of teen criminals into a football team in Gridiron Gang.
Gridiron Gang - Football Felons
is a movie based on the real story of a football team
from a youth detention center in Los Angeles. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson
plays the role of Sean Porter, a probation officer at the juvenile prison, where he counsels hardcore teenage criminals
and gang members. As a way of teaching
these kids some responsibility and discipline, he teams up with another probation officer (Xzibit
) and attempts to turn the cons into a football team that'll compete against other high schools
. This is easier said than done since many of the kids are rival gang members
who hate each other and most of them can barely spell
the name of their team, the Mustangs, let alone play football
Gridiron Gang - Can Football Make A Difference?
As Porter tries to turn his inmates into a full-fledged football team
, he realizes he's a bit over his head. The head honchos at the detention camp believe the kids are beyond hope and most of the high schools in the area don't want to play
football against a team of convicted killers and car thieves. Porter starts out by teaching the kids how to tackle hard
and make plays on the field and they eventually realize they can all be much more than thugs and criminals
. They can make a difference on the gridiron
and in life as well.
Gridiron Gang DVD Features
The Gridiron Gang DVD
comes packed with bonus features including commentary the writer and director, deleted scenes, cast football training
footage, multi-angle football scenes, a profile of Gridiron Gang's director, Phil Joanou,
, and a featurette titled The Rock
Takes the Field.
Gridiron Gang - Bottom Line
, like romantic comedies
, tend to be more predictable than a loss by the Detroit Lions
. Just as we know the outcast guy, who the parents hate, will end up winning the heart of the girl
that's out of his league, we also know the team of misfits
with troubled backgrounds will learn a lesson
and triumph over insurmountable odds. Gridiron Gang
is no exception - but it's still an entertaining football flick
with a good message on how even the most troubled kids can be helped. The Rock is a much better wrestler
than he is an actor but he still does a decent job as the coach
who cooks up equal doses of tough love and understanding. Gridiron Gang isn't in the same league as other football flicks like Friday Night Lights
or Remember The Titans
- but it's worth watching if you're a football fan
or a teen car thief who's wondering if there's more to life than ripping off your neighbor's Benz.
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