Friday Night Lights chronicles the entire 1988 season of the Permian High Panthers of Odessa, Texas, with football players, coaches, mothers, fathers, pastors, boosters, fans and families struggling with ongoing personal conflicts while the team fights for a state championship.
A town for sale, Odessa, Texas has seen better days--the financial bust evident in its boarded-up shops and broken lives. Yet one hope sustains the community where, once a week during the fall, the town and its dreams come alive beneath the dazzling and disorienting Friday night lights...when the Permian High Panthers take to the field. In a city where economic uncertainty has eroded the spirit of its inhabitants, nearly everyone seeks comfort in the religion of the Friday night ritual, where the unfulfilled dreams of an entire community are shifted onto the shoulder pads of a team of high-school athletes.
A great football movie depicting just how important gridiron can be to a small country town in southern america. The Pernian High School Panthers make a run towards state championships but encounter trouble along the way in the form of a career ending knee injury to their star running back James "Boobie" Miles. Coach Gaines, whose job depends on wining states, struggles with winning football games and connecting with his players a number of times during their season as he is almost a second father to the players.
Lots of sports movies end up being trite, feel good cliche ridden films that are very off putting. "Friday Night Lights", based on a true story, still follows the tired old formula of sports movies, but isn't as bad as many of them end up being, probably because of the good work down by Billy Bob Thornton in the lead role. He is very good, and helps the movie stay a notch above completely tired and predictable.
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