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We Are Marshall

drama, sports

Football is a game that knocks you down, then expects you to get back up. Life hit the West Virginia town of Huntington and its Marshall University even harder.

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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
3 out of 5

Conventional football drama doesn't quite score.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that tweens and teens who like sports movies may very well want to see this emotional drama, which is based on a real-life 1970 plane crash that killed 75 people from a small West Virginia university, including football team members and staff. The crash is rendered in an instant (as an electrical "zap"); viewers then see flaming wreckage in the woods as firemen shake their heads (no bodies, just sadness). Mourning, often angrily expressed, takes place at funerals, over meals, and during football practice. The film includes some iffy language ("damn," "s--t," and "hell"), as well as tension among players, coaches, and boosters. In one scene, players drink a case of beer, bonding in their drunkenness.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the appeal of sports movies. Why do audiences like them? Families can also talk about how the different characters in the movie deal with the tragedy. What's the best way to honor the memory of the dead players and coaches?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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    reviews counted: 11
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Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: McConaughey campily channels Jon Stewart channeling George W. Bush for his impersonation of Lengyel.

- Brandon Fibbs,, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: What allows We Are Marshall to stand above many of the other 2006 sports movies is both the undeniable power of the story itself and the strong ensemble McG gathered to tell it.

- Brian Tallerico, UGO, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: A sentimental, simplistically inspiring movie that leans heavily on Matthew McConaughey's substantial energy and charisma for its success.

- Brian Webster, Apollo Guide, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Well, I'm a little surprise that this movie about football can get some star for the cast... I think just Matthew McConaughey the star in this movie, but they can get Matthew Fox and David Straithairn too.. Actually, the story based on a true story usually get predicted too easy... The story which is from zero to hero stills work for the box office run... But I think Matthew Conaughey is a wrong cast for this movie... He try to make this movie a comedy, but the truth that this movie is a drama... It just don't work in this movie, he really can't get serious in this movie... I think that Matthew Fox played better than him... And David Straithairn too... And kind of disturbing is they added the clip from the past in the middle of the movie... It just don't clear who is playing in the movie and who isn't... If the coach not Matthew Conaughey, maybe someone else I think this movie can do a lot better... He just don't fit for that role...

- ajaymuthecooldevils, Tuesday, June 3, 2008

3 stars

I personall though it was sweet. Mathew Mcaughnahey is a good actor, the plot was great for 20 minutes but then became another football movie. It was a fun, classy movie and is I really liked it.

- DreamExtractor, Wednesday, April 13, 2011

4 stars

Moving and painful. While it is obviously loosely following the real events, even tha tis enought ot make you stand up and salute the town. Indeed We Are Marshall.

- jmanard52, Sunday, May 11, 2008