We Are Marshall
In 1970, Marshall University and the small town of Huntington, W.Va., reel when a plane crash claims the lives of 75 of the school's football players, staff members and boosters. New coach Jack Lengyel (Matthew McConaughey) arrives on the scene in March 1971, determined to rebuild Marshall's Thundering Herd and heal a grieving community in the process.
Writer: Jamie Linden
Producer: McG , Basil Iwanyk, William Fay, Brent O'Connor, Thomas Tull, Scott Mednick, Jeanne Allgood
Cast: Brett Rice, David Strathairn, Matthew McConaughey, Matthew Fox, Robert Patrick, Ian McShane, Buddy Dolan, Brian Geraghty, January Jones, Arlen Escarpeta, Laura-Shay Griffin, Kate Mara, Kimberly Williams, Mark Oliver, Anthony Mackie, Ron Smith, Brian Beegle
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While the script contains some profanities and one depiction of drinking in the dorm, the story focuses on teamwork, the meaning of success and the inevitable sweat factor needed to accomplish tough tasks. For this under aged, undersized, inexperienced team, winning means more than the points on the scoreboard, it means playing until the final whistle blows. And that's a worthwhile message for kids caught up in the numbers game.
WE ARE MARSHALL is an inspiring movie about dealing with the grief of an actual plane crash that killed most of the Marshall University football team and coaching staff in 1970. MOVIEGUIDE® heartily recommends WE ARE MARSHALL, with the caution that there is too much brief foul language and an instance of players drinking beer.
And even though Marshall's short-term recovery doesn't include a Cinderella championship with a shiny trophy, the feel-good payoff is that it simply doesn't matter. Winning isn't everything. Victory lies not in gridiron glory but in unity, perseverance and being part of something bigger than oneself—even if that something is as basic as a healthy, loving family.
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.
This isn't my favorite football movie but it is a worthwhile watch. Matthew McConaughey does a good job at playing the role of a quirky coach who knows just what it takes to motivate people and open up doors for great opportunities. The show is somewhat of an emotional roller coaster because it is sad at times but also has its happy moments. Matthew Fox does a good job as the assistant coach who is too hard on himself for a tragedy that happened before McConaughey's character becomes head football coach. You can watch it as a family or by yourself and you'll feel good about it.June 8th, 2012 · Details