Believe in Me

2006 PG 1h 48m DVD

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Believe in Me

2006 PG 1h 48m DVD
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After accepting a job to coach high school basketball, Clay Driscoll (Jeffrey Donovan) is disappointed to discover he's been assigned to the girls' team. But the harder he works his female players, the more he sees that they're just as capable of greatness. Samantha Mathis and Bruce Dern co-star in this small-town sports drama based on the true story of an Oklahoma coach who led his team to the state championships in the 1960s.
Full Screen 1.33:1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 8+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 8+
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age 8+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this is one of the few films in the "inspiring sports drama" genre that deals with female athletes. Battling the sexist double standard that girls' teams don't matter as much as boys' is the movie's central theme. Based on a true story, the film is set in 1960s Oklahoma; men, particularly fathers, are depicted as having complete authority. One of the teenage athletes elopes and has a baby. At first it's a big scandal, but she's eventually accepted and let back on the team. Adoption is discussed as being a peculiar, uncommon occurrence.

Sexual Content

Mild kissing between the coach and his wife; a high-school student elopes and gets pregnant (causing scandal). In a brief locker room scene, a girl is shown in her bra.


The Lady Cyclones get into an on-court fight with another team, and the girls punch, wrestle, and pull each other's hair. A father forces his daughter off the team by physically dragging her away.


About as clean as a live-action film can get: one instance of "ass," and mild utterances of frustration like "doggonit!"

Social Behavior

The overlooked girls' basketball team realizes that they can -- and should -- play as competitively as their male counterparts. Coach Driscoll goes from grumbling about coaching girls to preferring it. The girls demand to be treated just like the boy athletes and command the respect and loyalty of their school and town.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Not applicable

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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