Undefeated (2011)

The Very Best

8.4

Movie

United States of America
English
Documentary
2011
DANIEL LINDSAY, T. J. MARTIN
Bill Courtney, Chavis Daniels, Montrail 'Money' Brown
113 min

8.4

Pablo

What it's about

Set against the backdrop of a high school football season, Dan Lindsay and T.J. Martin’s documentary UNDEFEATED is an intimate chronicle of three underprivileged student-athletes from inner-city Memphis and the volunteer coach trying to help them beat the odds on and off the field. For players and coaches alike, the season will be not only about winning games — it will be about how they grapple with the unforeseeable events that are part of football and part of life.

The take

Undefeated won an Oscar but since it’s a documentary, few sadly paid attention to it. It tells the story of a football team in a poor area in Tennessee. Kids without a bright future, until the new coach arrives. Yes, that sounds like a very old, cliché tale. But keep in mind it is a documentary, and the story it tells is powerful, gripping, and any familiarity quickly becomes irrelevant. Even if you have no interest in American football, or in sports in general, you will love it and more than likely find yourself reaching for the Kleenex at least a few times before the credits roll.

Comments

This is the original “Last Chance U” in terms of style and heart. There is probably more heart in this documentary since the players are in high school and their coach is more invested in the them as people.

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