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'When the Game Stands Tall' is disingenuous and patronizing
'When the Game Stands Tall' is disingenuous and patronizing

A true tale of high school football achievement becomes a strained, by-the-numbers grab bag of uplift in the Christian sports drama "When the Game Stands Tall." At the small California Catholic high school De La Salle, Coach Bob Ladouceur (Jim Caviezel) instills brotherhood over personal glory and perfect effort over winning at all costs. The result: a record-setting streak of 151 straight victories. The movie focuses on the streak's end in 2003 — two straight losses, yikes! — and as you might imagine, director Thomas Carter and writer Scott Marshall Smith (adapting a book about the team) struggle to make us care for a golden squad that isn't exactly an...

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