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

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common sense

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

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

3 stars

Not half as schmaltzy as I thought it was going to be, in-fact it was quite effective in getting the story and message across. not something I thought I'd be saying about a Disney/Bruckheimer film!

- SirPant, Tuesday, February 23, 2010

4 stars

really moving

- TomBowler, Friday, July 31, 2009