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  • Rated PG13

drama, sports

Former football star (Brian Presley) finds himself back in time before his career-ending injury.Seeking his mentor (Kurt Russell), he must decide whether to let fate unfold or change his future.

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common sense

ON for kids age 13
1 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
2 out of 5
Positive messages
4 out of 5
Positive role models
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
2 out of 5

Former jock gets second chance in uplifting sports drama.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Touchback is an uplifting "do-over drama" about a high school football star who gets a second chance to replay the big game in which a debilitating injury ends his sports career. As the clock ticks down, he's forced to decide what's really important. There are some thought-provoking moments as he compares the love of friends and family to the prospect of fame and glory -- but there's also some swearing ("crap," "ass," etc.), some hard hits on the football field, some drinking, a few kisses, and a scene in which teens go skinny dipping (no graphic nudity). But on the whole, this is a feel-good sports film that's appropriate for families with teens to watch and discuss.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about Scott's choices. Given the chance to change his life, why do you think he makes the decisions he makes? Would you have done anything differently?
  • How does Touchback compare to other sports movies? Did you find it surprising or predictable? What do sports movies tend to have in common?
  • Do you think Scott is a good role model?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Earnestness and obviousness compete for supremacy early on in Don Handfield's film, with the latter fully in front; happily, earnestness stages a comeback by the end.

- Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic, Thursday, April 19, 2012

Fresh: If George Bailey had been a high school football hero, It's a Wonderful Life might have been a little like Touchback.

- David Martindale, Dallas Morning News, Thursday, April 12, 2012

Rotten: A lightweight and overlong feel-good drama that plays like a mashup of It's a Wonderful Life and Friday Night Lights.

- Joe Leydon, Variety, Monday, April 16, 2012

Audience Reviews

2 stars

The trailer of the film looks like a touchdown, but the film itself is a fumble. I felt like I have seen this type of film done before a bunch of times. It reminded me of movies like Mr. Destiny, 17 Again, The Family Man, and Click to name a few. Those films are better than this one. This one is too predictable. Also, they should have casted 2 actors to play the same roles. Meaning they should have casted a younger actor to play the high school version and casted an older actor to play the older version of the character. I thought the make up to make some of the actors look older, were terrible and fake. Kurt Russell looks like he is doing a bad copy of his character from the movie Miracle. He was better in that, than this film.

- SC007, Sunday, April 21, 2013

3 stars

Nice touching family movie.

- itsjustme2004, Wednesday, February 27, 2013