99-Word Movie Review: Friday Night Lights

A movie fit for the football season that’s about to begin.

The best sports movie ever. This is my claim, and I stand by it. The movie follows an east Texas football team, hoping to win state. For most of the 17-year-olds, this is the most important thing they will ever do. The movie gets at all the aspects of sports that matter—pain, failure, striving, stoicism, and beyond the gridiron, it has something to say about what getting older really means. The TV show it spawned was good too, but honestly, this movie encapsulates the best parts of the show, and the best parts of football, in two hours.

“99-Word Movie Reviews” is a column by Archer Parquette. Check back each week for a  new review. 

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Friday Night Lights (2004)

DIRECTOR: Peter Berg

WRITER: David Aaron Cohen and Peter Berg

STARRING: Billy Bob Thornton, Lucas Black, Connie Britton




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