Family Movie Night: Game Time: Tackling the Past


My family and I just finished watching Game Time: Tackling the Past an NBC Family Movie Night movie.  We were given a website link to watch a pre-screening of this movie.  I have to state upfront that I am NOT a fan of football.  I love sports but I avoid football.  When I told my husband that I was going to be reviewing this movie, he was a little concerned.  “It’s about football.”.  Yes, football is integral to the plot line, but I am pleased to report that I was able to get past my anti-football hang ups and enjoy the movie.

Here’s a synopsis of the movie:

Pro football star Jake Walker is living the dream… or so he thinks. The veteran tight end is a fan favorite and on pace to set the all-time receiving yards record that will guarantee him a spot in the Hall of Fame. While working out at training camp, Jake receives an unexpected call from his brother Dean – their father Frank has suffered a major heart attack. Jake immediately leaves practice and returns to Riverton, North Carolina, the small hometown he’s avoided for nearly 15 years. Memories of glory and regret flood his mind as he returns to the family and friends he abandoned in pursuit of his career. Jake dutifully visits with Frank and Dean, but hurt and misunderstanding from the past begins to resurface, leaving him counting the days until he can return to his team.

A second unexpected call, this time from his agent, delivers Jake another crushing blow. His contract is not being renewed amid concerns about his surgically repaired knee. Suddenly, the life Jake knows is over. To avoid the media circus around this news, Jake reluctantly decides to extend his stay in Riverton. Attempting to make the best of the situation, he begins reconnecting with the community that once revered him. Jake is reintroduced to Sarah, his high school sweetheart, and helps Dean take over their father’s high school coaching job.

Surprisingly impacted by the people around him, the real Jake begins to emerge from behind his armor to see that life is much more than the accumulation of personal stats. But when Jake’s offered a lucrative new contract to play for another team, he is forced to decide whether to go back to the career he thought he loved, or stay in Riverton and embrace the people who always believed in him.

You can check out a trailer of the movie that airs this Saturday Evening (September 3rd!) on NBC by clicking here.

My husband says “this movie has the right kind of message.”  Turtlegirl age 14 declared “this isn’t my kind of movie, but it was good.” 

Though football drives the plot, the movie really is about relationships. It’s about choices and the consequences we face when we make poor choices.  As a Christian, I appreciated the message that we are not living for ourselves but for others.  For me, the “team” represented the body of Christ.  It also represents family bonds and ties.

Despite my football aversion, this was a movie well worth watching.  Pop some popcorn, pull up a comfy chair and check out NBC’s Family Movie Night Saturday September 3rd.

For more clips and info about this Family Night movie please click on these links:


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a pre-screening viewing mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


  1. Thanks for sharing. I just had Brennan set the DVR to record it for our family!


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