Box art for Remember the Titans

Remember the Titans

  • Rated PG

drama, sports


This must-see film features a rousing performance by Academy Award (R) winner Denzel Washington (2001 Best Actor, TRAINING DAY).

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    73%
  • Audience Score
    93%

common sense

ON for kids age 10
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
Language
2 out of 5
Positive messages
5 out of 5
Positive role models
5 out of 5
Sex
1 out of 5
Violence
3 out of 5

Inspiring football drama brings history to life.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Remember the Titans tells the inspirational true story about the struggles and victories of a newly-integrated high school football team in 1971 Alexandria, Virginia. As such, the film reflects the divisive nature of the times -- the film begins with a near-riot scene between African-Americans and whites on the street separated by the police as bottles and windows break. The racial tensions of the town -- segregation in restaurants, racial slurs, fist fights in the high school -- are shown to highlight the backdrop in which the Titans must learn to get along and play together as a team. The movie includes racist comments and situations and some locker room insults. A major character is critically injured in a car accident. When the boys refer to a long-haired teammate as a "fruitcake," he responds by kissing one of them on the mouth. There are some scuffles and threats of more serious violence. Ultimately, Remember the Titans is a deeply moving film about the courage of individuals and the power of sports to transcend perceived and ingrained differences.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the arguments Boone and Yoast have about how to motivate the team. Which one inspired the players to do their best, and how they did he do it?
  • How have times changed since 1971? What remains the same? Is society more color-blind now?
  • Why are so many sports movies inspiring? What are some of your other favorites?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Boaz Yakin gets uniformly winning performances from the little-known actors cast as the players.

- Lou Lumenick, New York Post, Saturday, January 1, 2000

Audience Reviews

3 stars

B

- bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb1, Wednesday, July 21, 2010

4 stars

I'd avoided this movie for quite long since it fell under the "Sports" genre, a genre that doesn't cater to me in general. However, this one turned out to be exceptionally well done & I thoroughly enjoyed it (though I feel that the sub-genre "Drama" contributed more to my liking the movie here). Performance-wise, almost everyone's done a great job, but I found Denzel, Patton, Ryan Hurst & Claire... err, I mean Hayden Panettiere to be the most outstanding of the lot. Also, the movie surely couldn't have been as great as I felt it to be, had it not been for its excellently penned dialogues. The director has played all his cards perfectly here, & has used all the emotional & dramatic tactics amazingly to bring home an incredibly entertaining, cheerful "feel good" movie. I, for one, will surely Remember the Titans.

- imrealgod, Thursday, June 10, 2010

3 stars

I mainly have no respect for this movie due to the fact that it is everywhere. Over-hyped would be nice compared to what this is. I don't think you can mention sports movies without someone mentioning this very average film. It doesn't really bring anything new to the table and isn't by any means a well written or directed piece. Sure, the cast is nice and have chemistry together, but it doesn't make a movie timeless.

- ythelastman89, Wednesday, April 28, 2010