Friday Night Lights Film Review Essay

2235 Words May 2nd, 2016 null Page
The film Friday Night Lights (2004) is based on the real-life story of the 1988 Permian Panthers football team in Odessa, Texas. The film follows Coach Gary Gaines, portrayed by Billy Bob Thornton, and his talented group of football players as they try to navigate through the season with the goal of winning the State championship. The pressure is on for the boys in the film, where they receive stressors from not only their sport and coaches, but also the townspeople and their parents as well. The town is overtly obsessed with football, so much so that they accost the players and Coach Gaines in public to question their strategies and if they’re going to win. Since the film is set in this football-obsessed town, one way to change things around is to shift it to a town that isn’t so crazy about the sport. The background would completely shift and therefore, the film would focus more the players actually enjoying playing and not feeling the heat from everyone around them. Rewriting the film to represent a change of background would ultimately impact the plot as well. Stephen Leff states that “young adolescents are greatly influenced by their parents’ interests in their endeavors.” What they do and achieve is “facilitated by positive parental involvement” (Leff 189). The correlation between stress implicated on the athletes and their performance shines through in the film. If the background of the movie was different and placed in a town that wasn’t as football-crazed, the…

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