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children & family, drama

Rock-solid, immensely entertaining, based-on-fact account of Rudy Ruettiger (Sean Astin), a working-class boy intent on realizing his dreams of playing football at Notre Dame.

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common sense

ON for kids age 9
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
0 out of 5
2 out of 5

Inspiring sports film about a real life underdog.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Rudy includes some scenes of bitter disappointment and brutality on the football field might be inappropriate for younger or more sensitive kids. Expect a bit of rough language "s--t" and "ass" mostly, plus some drinking. The movie extols the virtues of perserverance and hard work.

what families can talk about

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Audience Reviews

2 stars

A cheesy feel good movie about a guy who later acts like a dick to local towns folk for his accomplishments made in the movie.

- Godless, Monday, July 19, 2010

4 stars

Uplifting football drama. First "Hoosiers", now this? David Anspaugh knows how to inspire his audience.

- hobster1, Thursday, June 12, 2008

3 stars

"American" classic, the football version of Hoosiers, underdog victorious.

- Chiefilms, Monday, March 3, 2008