Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Game Time:Tackling the Past - Family Movie Night Continues...

P&G continue their fabulous Family Movie Night series with the premiere of Game Time: Tackling the Past starring Ryan Mc Partlin, Beau Bridges and Catherine Hicks on Saturday, September 3rd; 8pm ET/7pm CT on NBC. This is the eighth movie in the movie lines which were created to fill the void of family-friendly entertainment - kudos to P&G and Walmart as they have certainly found my "sweet spot" with a talented line-up and well conceived plot!

I had the opportunity to preview the film recently so I can give you a taste of the great experience (but no spoiler alerts necessary!). It's great since we're a family that loves our football (and sports in general), so everyone will be engaged in this entertaining and thoughtful drama. The P&G and Walmart collabortion to bring families wonderful evening entertainment is to be commended! Perfect for a fun, family time to share pizza, popcorn and some quality time together sharing a movie with opportunities to discuss moral, ethical or character qualities to open dialogue. In other words, it stimulates the family conversation about important topics that aren't always easy or comfortable-without the parent panic or kid eye rolling!

Game Time:Tackling the Past tells the story of Pro football star Jake Walker (ably portrayed by Ryan McPartlin). He 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(Beau Bridges) 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.

I look forward to spending our Saturday night with the fam to watch this great movie and talk about difficult choices made throughout life as well as the importance of having supportive family and friends along the way...

Please view the movie trailer by visiting the widget:

The premiere of Game Time: Tackling the Past is on Saturday, September 3 on NBC at 8pm ET/7pm CT.
Visit the official Family Movie Night website: http://bit.ly/nCZtG8Also visit this link to the Family Movie Night Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/familymovienight

I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of P&G and received a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.