Gridiron Gang

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  • Summary: Gridiron Gang tells the gritty and powerfully emotional story of juvenile detention camp probation officer Sean Porter (The Rock), who, along with another officer, Malcolm Moore (Xzibit), turns a group of hardcore teenage felons into a high school football team in four weeks. Confronted withGridiron Gang tells the gritty and powerfully emotional story of juvenile detention camp probation officer Sean Porter (The Rock), who, along with another officer, Malcolm Moore (Xzibit), turns a group of hardcore teenage felons into a high school football team in four weeks. Confronted with gang rivalries and bitter hatred between his teammates, Porter teaches some hard lessons (and learns a few himself) as the kids gain a sense of self-respect and responsibility. (Sony) Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. 75
    Can he (Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson ) act? Surprisingly, for the most part, the answer is yes, and the film is a success for it.
  2. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    70
    A crowd-pleasing, uplifting, feel-good and not-so-rare hybrid -- the sports/prison movie -- in which Los Angeles gangbangers are taught the virtues of trading violence on the streets for violence on the field.
  3. 50
    Gridiron Gang is not imaginative, but neither is it painful to watch.
  4. The end credits are accompanied by clips of Porter from the Emmy-winning documentary Gridiron Gang (1993), which prove that key scenes from this movie were lifted straight from life and that life needs better writers.
  5. Parades itself as an ''honest'' message movie, a call for troubled kids to choose life over street nihilism, but the picture is so earnest that it leaves out the easy, old-school pleasure conjured by the last few years of Disney sports flicks (Invincible, Miracle, The Rookie).
  6. As sports movies go, Gridiron Gang isn't bad, just not top-line material.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 22
  2. Negative: 2 out of 22
  1. EugeneM.
    Sep 17, 2006
    10
    I am giving this movie a ten out of ten because, it tells a great story. It's good to see something that is positive and has a good I am giving this movie a ten out of ten because, it tells a great story. It's good to see something that is positive and has a good ending. We need to know that there is still good in all of us, especially in the midst of all the world's crisis. Expand
  2. KariK.
    Oct 1, 2006
    10
    This was an uplifting movie with an awesome moral. Even if the story seems unbelievable it is nice to escape to a place where bad guys can This was an uplifting movie with an awesome moral. Even if the story seems unbelievable it is nice to escape to a place where bad guys can become good. Expand
  3. FooreB
    Apr 25, 2009
    10
    A great sports movie, with a great message. This is one of Dwayne Johnson's best.
  4. NJ.
    Feb 1, 2007
    8
    Yes, it is full of cliches. But this is what so many movies today don't have: a story that reflects what life could and should be Yes, it is full of cliches. But this is what so many movies today don't have: a story that reflects what life could and should be like(rather than the "realism" of most films today); an uplifting life-is-good theme; and characters that you really care about and root for. Expand
  5. ChaseP.
    Oct 1, 2006
    7
    I think this movie is alright. The Rock isn't the best actor, but the storyline to the movie is good! I just don't like how they I think this movie is alright. The Rock isn't the best actor, but the storyline to the movie is good! I just don't like how they copied Longest Yard! Expand
  6. LindaR.
    Sep 11, 2006
    7
    The rock proves to be impressive in this sweet and powerful story about prison and football. Surprisingly above my expectations, but nothing The rock proves to be impressive in this sweet and powerful story about prison and football. Surprisingly above my expectations, but nothing too unforgettable or stunning to be called "a masterpiece". Just another good movie. Expand
  7. JordanG.
    Sep 24, 2006
    0
    A stupid gangster-version of the Longest Yard. This movie ties in gangsters and drug-attics with football. The Longest Yard at least had very A stupid gangster-version of the Longest Yard. This movie ties in gangsters and drug-attics with football. The Longest Yard at least had very funny comedy and a good story. This: No comedy, drama and stupid. Expand

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