Box art for Friday Night Lights

Friday Night Lights

action & adventure, drama


A genuine stand-up-and-cheer movie about a courageous high school football team's fight to fulfill their destiny and live their dream.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    81%
  • Audience Score
    86%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 13
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Sex
3 out of 5
Violence
3 out of 5

So much more than a football movie.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie has some tense family scenes with an abusive father. Underage characters drink and a character abuses alcohol. There are sexual references and use of the phrase "getting laid." The football scenes are powerfully staged and very intense. Audience members may almost feel that they are the ones getting tackled. The movie is frank in its treatment of injuries, some graphic.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about what it feels like for these 17-year-old boys to carry so much of their family's and the town's sense of pride. What is good about that? What is bad? Why was it so important to Don's father that he succeed? Why did he define success the way he did? Did his team's championship "carry him forever?" How do parents help their children learn what success means? If it is not football that defines success in your community, what does?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Audience Reviews

4 stars

I had been told this was a great movie, and I can't say that I disagree. Formulaic, but perfectly so in its way. It gets a little emo in the end, but that's not to take away from its great moments. Billy Bob Thornton holds his own with a strong ensemble cast of relative unknowns in the true story of Permian High's march to the Texas State Championship Game. I think what separates this from many sports movies is that you know just how much rides on the football season, and why each player there has to succeed. Very Last Picture Show, in a way - the desolation of the small Texas town and the desperate search for that ticket out. A very good film.

- danperry17, Tuesday, September 28, 2010

4 stars

"Hope comes alive" Based on H.G. Bissinger's book, which profiled the economically depressed town of Odessa, Texas and their heroic high school football team, The Permian High Panthers. REVIEW "Friday Night Lights" follows a season of football in a dusty little Texas oil town where varsity football is not just the only game in town but the only way out of town and the only hope for the future for many of the players. The film examines the team's key players and their good guy coach (Thornton) as they wrestle with personal issues and work their way through the season one bone jarring touchdown at a time. Working more with montages than linear plot development, Director Berg brings life and verve to the screen culminating in the mania and frenzy of the statewide championship. An excellent football flick, "Friday Night Lights" is all about football and what it means to the town that lives through it vicariously.

- LorenzoVonMatterhorn, Friday, April 16, 2010

4 stars

"Hope comes alive" Based on H.G. Bissinger's book, which profiled the economically depressed town of Odessa, Texas and their heroic high school football team, The Permian High Panthers. REVIEW "Friday Night Lights" follows a season of football in a dusty little Texas oil town where varsity football is not just the only game in town but the only way out of town and the only hope for the future for many of the players. The film examines the team's key players and their good guy coach (Thornton) as they wrestle with personal issues and work their way through the season one bone jarring touchdown at a time. Working more with montages than linear plot development, Director Berg brings life and verve to the screen culminating in the mania and frenzy of the statewide championship. An excellent football flick, "Friday Night Lights" is all about football and what it means to the town that lives through it vicariously.

- LorenzoVonMatterhorn, Friday, April 16, 2010