When the Game Stands Tall

2014 PG 1h 55m Blu-ray / DVD

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When the Game Stands Tall

2014 PG 1h 55m Blu-ray / DVD
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The journey of legendary football coach Bob Ladouceur (Jim Caviezel), who took the De La Salle High School Spartans from obscurity to a 151-game winning streak that shattered all records for any American sport.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
English, French
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: DVS - Descriptive Video Service
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
English (UK), French
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1, Portuguese (Brazilian): Dolby Digital 5.1, English: DVS - Descriptive Video Service
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 12+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 12+
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age 12+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that When the Game Stands Tall is based on the true story of Coach Bob Ladouceur, who has the distinction of coaching the high school football team with the longest winning streak in sports history. This sports biopic -- which is packed with positive messages about teamwork, hard work, and learning from adversity -- is fine for older tweens and teens, though those who know and enjoy the game are most likely to fully appreciate the movie. There's virtually no language or sex (aside from some kissing and references to "getting it on"), but there is some startling violence, including the senseless, execution-style death of a beloved character. Teens drink at a party, and the coach smokes cigarettes. Watch through the credits to see footage of the real Coach Lad (who has a couple of cameos as another coach) saying some of the same lines depicted in the movie.

Sexual Content

Young couples briefly hug and hold hands; a guy asks a friend if he's getting it on with his beautiful girlfriend, and the guy says he and his girlfriend are "waiting for the big day." A husband and wife kiss.


A character is shot and killed, execution-style, by a young man with a gun. A father is abusive toward his son. Two friends get into a shoving match. Football players on the field get into a fight that's broken up.


Infrequent words/insults include "damn," "lame," "stupid," and "dumb."

Social Behavior

The movie is full of inspirational adages and messages like: "Don't let a game define who you are, let your lives do that"; adversity teaches more than triumph; football isn't about the score but about the team; "perfect effort" is what makes for a winning team; and being on a team isn't about your personal records but about looking out for the person next to you. These messages will all sound familiar to dedicated athletes, but they're still teachable statements for all kids and teens. There's also a strong focus on faith and its application to teamwork and sportsmanship.


Dick's Sporting Goods, Nike, Adidas, Gatorade, Cadillac, and other sports brands.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

The coach smokes cigarettes. Teens drink at a party.

  • 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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