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In the vein of Friday Night Lights and The Blind Side, UNDERDOGS is based on inspirational true events of a high school football team no one expected to succeed. In small town America, high-school football provides its players a possible ticket to a bigger world and the community a source of pride. Filmed in Canton, Ohio, the Knights are a lousy team who've become a target for jokes. When down on his luck Coach DeAntonio (D.B. Sweeney) arrives, he pushes the boys to see their potential, while a hometown bartender (Natalie Imbruglia) tries to reopen his guarded heart. When quarterback Bobby Burkett (Logan Huffman) falls in love with a cheerleader (Maddie Hasson) from a rival team, it enrages their star John Handon (Charlie Carver). Meanwhile, Bobby's father (William Mapother) is battling Handon’s dad (Richard Portnow), whose crooked corporation is suing him over his own invention. Director Doug Dearth’s heartwarming and rabble-rousing crowd pleaser will be sure to have viewers cheering!
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 13
- Fresh: 8
- Rotten: 5
- Average Rating: 5.5/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: There are few surprises, but the slick visuals, piquant humour and genial feeling for the gaming of yesteryear make it a hardy challenger for the animation titans north of the equator.
Rotten: Longer than an actual football match, and it feels it.
Fresh: Campanella's colourful animation jinks past its 2D characters to bury one into the top corner. Or to put it another way: three stars.
So much more than a football movie
I'm a football fan, and I thought I was going to be seeing a standard feel-good come from behind story. I certainly wasn't disappointed - the sports action had me on the edge of my seat - but interwoven were two other moving stories, one about young love, the other about an inventor who fights back against the stealing of his idea by a big corporation. Put it all together and it's a must see.
A great family movie
One of the best football movies of all time.
This is probably my first ever review. But this movie is really an insult to all great sport films, especially the once mentioned in the description.
I was about to give 1 star only but after some research I found out that this is an independent movie form some local film guys so this is the one star credit. But seriously don’t expect anything close to “Remember the Titans” or “Blind Side”...