Friday Night Lights (2004) - Action, Drama, Sport

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Based on H.G. Bissinger's book, which profiled the economically depressed town of Odessa, Texas and their heroic high school football team, The Permian High Panthers.

IMDB: 7.3
Director: Peter Berg
Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Jay Hernandez
Length: 118 Minutes
PG Rating: PG-13
Reviews: 39 out of 304 found boring (12.82%)

One-line Reviews (153)

It takes cliche sports movie plots and transforms it into a relatable, dramatic and engaging sequence of events.

What you're left with is some run of the mill football scenes, a predictable story, and not much else.

This movie was really good because it was exciting and dramatic.

Intense and well done, this movie peels back the layers of high school sports while it reves up the excitement at the same time.

The bizarre jumping camera angles and liberal use of pointless cuts and zooms left me queasier that when I watched Blair Witch.

This is a top notch sports film with terrific acting and tells a compelling story very well.

Director Peter Berg kept "Friday Night Lights" from eliding into a boringly typical sports film by devoting much time to the individual lives, some very unhappy, of the team members.

That was why every match felt very exciting and heartbreaking to watch.

The movie strays from the novel, but it is still a thrilling movie following the MOJO Panthers to the state championship game.

But it's a sports movie, so the story is of course sort of predictable anyway to begin with.

Waste of time watching this I just wanted to say that it was a waste of time to watch this movie, but I must at least submit 10 lines of review.

Over all this was a entertaining film and there was never a boring bit in the film and this film is a must see.

Unfortunately, while the thrill of the football play is there in the film --for die hard football fans-- the whole of Friday Night Lights is a canned, predictable stock movie we've seen a hundred times before.

Most importantly it has a very compelling story line; it's not your "typical -happy-ending-for-the-team" movie.

What I got was something clichéd and boring.


Under the direction of Peter Berg who co-starred with Linda Fiorentino in "The Last Seduction", utilizes his power to tell an intriguing story while pulling no punches about it.

The racial irresponsibility this movie showed -- the typical cliché of lilly white vs.

The film fulfills every cliché it possibly can and includes ridiculously predictable plot elements.

I myself who before seeing this movie thought football was a ridiculous waste of time, enjoyed it very much.

but one is more enjoyable than the other....

Here's hoping it's just as entertaining as the game itself – people can dream, can't they?

In Odessa, Texas, where the story is set, businesses shut down and radio sports commentators opine with the pretentious air of political pundits when the Permian Panthers take to the field.

Nearly unwatchable...

com main page for this film for their names] reflect confusion alternating with confidence.

Frankly, all this makes for much more gripping and intriguing fare than the gridiron and there'd be a lot going for "Friday Nights Lights" had Berg and Cohen cared to dig a little deeper.

This movie truly was enjoyable.

One hell of a sports cliché fest .

I highly recommend it because this film is really touching and realistic.

I guess that 'winning' season was too boring of a story, huh?

The acting was very good (especially newcomer McGraw), the music and pace intense, and the direction was spot-on.

This movie, though not entirely real (the accident that happened to Boobie, as an example, happened during a pre-season scrimmage against Amarillo Palo Duro at Jones Stadium in Lubbock, where he injured his leg by getting his foot caught on the AstroTurf), is a very engaging, inspiring and also chilling experience, which seems to mirror some things I have seen people in my country do to players in a different game, soccer.

It's refreshing, it's engaging, it's what you want in a sports drama.

I really liked this movie as an entertaining football flick.

The play-off scenes are a tad confusing and I would have liked a little more history of the Permian Panthers scrolled at the first of the movie such as the scrolling they do before "Red Dawn" and other movies based on an event relating to its history.

Good story, solid writing, and a cast of good actors and actresses makes this a very enjoyable film.

The last twenty minutes are so were quite enjoyable to see in the theater environment (people were actually cheering and applauding).

Having lived in El Paso for 7 years which is a Texas stones throw from Odessa - I could understand the boredom and desolation.

very disjointed.

Only when we get to the final game in the Astrodome does the pace step up; the second half of the game is portrayed in vivid style, exciting, and the movie comes to life and becomes riveting for about fifteen minutes.

Every character that you would expect to see in a sports movie is here, every last cliché.

It shows the intense desire and need to win.

Friday Night Lite - but enjoyable anyway .

While I certainly enjoyed it, I am shocked that no one thought to put the original game on the DVD.

But that's a really long buildup for so little payoff, even if the plot does go in a slightly unexpected direction at the very end.

It is also more than a game, for many of the talented high-school-boys play to gain a place in one of the college teams, which may lead a way to wealth and fame - even for the poorest (here: Boobie Miles) Thornton's intense acting and the dynamically filmed play-scenes in combination with the effect-fully used music of "Explosions in the sky" create just enough depth to make this movie an enjoyable, serious sports-drama, that won't leave any emotional person on its seat towards the end.

Yes, I know, the movie was based on reality and reality can be sad, but when you leave the theater with a frown on your face instead of a smile, do you really want to call it the best?

A personal look of a football-obsessed town that is both exciting and heartfelt .

Honestly though, I found it to be a boring movie full of people sickeningly-obsessed with the pigskin.

In my opinion "Varsity" is the better film simply because it's more entertaining and entertainment is the name of the game in cinema.

The actors deliver uninspiring performances, the flattest coming from Billy Bob Thornton, whom I usually enjoy.

The pressure is unbearable.

This movie was an entertaining account of what high school football can be in some parts of the country.

It turned out to be intense, gut-wrenching adult drama, with darkness and small-town cruelty and despair so intense that it rivaled THE LAST PICTURE SHOW or even a surrealistic nightmare picture like BLUE VELVET.

The football action is the most intense and realistic ever scene on film.

more like the most pointless movie ever made.

The other factor that made this film enjoyable was its almost documentary style approach to the story.

I have never noticed this actor before, but he is so intense as Mike Winchell that he makes you really feel for him.

Yes, I thought it was boring.

The story is much better then most other sports movies I've seen (Varsity Blues and Any given Sundays comes to mind here) because it followed an interesting path, despite being somewhat predictable, and it shows a much more realistic picture of what really goes on with these 17 years old athletes giving their best.

Even if they did, the film is nicely executed and very entertaining to watch.

The story was very boring because there were no dynamic characters.

The movie Friday Night Lights is a very dramatically intense movie.

Later I was informed that football in the states does indeed get that intense.

Best Football Movie Ever Made -- Two Hours of Pure Adrenaline.

Though some facts are embellished for dramatic effect, Friday Night Lights is an emotionally honest and compelling film, with characters that grow in depth and maturity, a rare achievement for a sports film.

Exciting and Revealing (Warning: Spoilers) .

Friday Night Lights is a very entertaining sports drama that captures the real life energy of football.

Final Acquittal:Movies: A waste of time.

This vertigo-friendly mix of Michael Mann + Oliver Stone + MTV + Cinema verity = a gripping, sports drama that grabs on like a linebacker on a face mask, and occasionally it hits as hard.

Save your money...

Unlike most sports movies which are rife with clichés and generic characters, "Friday Night Lights" is a gripping, realistic portrayal of high school football and its effects on people.

I was permanently on the edge of my seat wondering what would happen next!

If you want to see this story told in a much more interesting and entertaining way, rent Varsity Blues.

But this is not "All The Right Moves" - clichéd characters surprise us with their depth (Tim McGraw's performance as the abusive father is an eye-opener, as is the path the character takes), and the team's fortunes take some unexpected turns.

There is some confusion that isn't explained when the football team does well or poorly with and without a key player ...

In my opinion, one of the most entertaining sports movies is Friday Night Lights.

With the exception of Boobie Miles (Derek Luke), "Varsity" has far more memorable football players; in "Friday" they're bland by comparison.

Any sense of interesting insight into the people's lives is lost due to the mundane plot content and the slo-mo, shaky cam style that is infecting Hollywood; it doesn't make things feel real, on the contrary it makes them feel over-directed.

Also it was a little hard to follow - unlike in Remember the Titans where you see a little bit about each game in the normal season Friday Night Lights shows three games of the regular season.

I found it rather dull and a sad betrayal of the truth.

The stress factor is on these kids as they strive to make these memories all the more worthwhile while trying to appease to the drab, unmotivated adults which lacks in any healthy relations.

I was bored through most of it and I left the theater with no intentions to ever see it again.

Still, if you are a high school football player, want to become one, were one, or know/knew one, this is an entertaining film.

The movie does tell a compelling story and the football scenes are exceptional.

The reliance of Odessa on football is both breathtaking and sad in its necessity to the local economy, to the point that the coach is operating under a hammer constantly.

This creates not a documentary feel, but several waves of intense nausea.

Players under intense pressure as a result.

), Friday Night Lights is a film worth watching.

By the end, you could tell that certain players were supposed to have been main characters, but yet you're left with a very empty and superficial understanding of who they are.

Derek Luke as Boobie Miles is a standout for sure, playing his role in times of building the cliché of himself up and really acting when times get tough for himself.

One is Coca-Cola's rousing, high production values commercial, "Football Town, USA," suffered through by untold millions of moviegoers.

There are moments that are melancholy and humane, intense and surreal, hopeless and triumphant.

On the edge of my seat with anticipation, it soon became evident that this film could not deliver the goods.

One of the worst movies in recent years .

This is the second movie where I've seen his character basically incapacitated within the first hour of a movie where he's one of the main stars of the film (the other being 'Spartan', where his character was the victim of one of the most unexpected and shocking deaths ever in film).

you will be gripping your seat until the last second ticks off the clock.

This style of directing didn't work during the dramatic scenes, however, and often left the viewer in a state of confusion.

The film did an excellent job of showing the intense pressures placed on the coach & players.

I can usually comment on a movie, the story line, the script, the casting, but this isn't a great movie, it's a wonderful, gripping story.

Young men must balance the confusion of early adulthood with the stress of being sports icons.

I had to leave the theater, just over half way through it.

The story is about the most predictable, pressed and manufactured, cookie cutter story imaginable.

Its a very exciting game with them losing just coming up inches short of the game winning touchdown.

I feel like I wasted my money to see this movie and I would not suggest that anyone go see it, save your money and watch football on ESPN.

Some terrific visuals, both in the quick cutting ferocity of the games, and in the long aerial views of the empty Texas plains.

It was rough, exciting and most importantly very real.

The emotion, drama, and team aspect will draw you in and leave you on the edge of your seat.

Some terrific visuals, both in the quick cutting ferocity of the games, and in the long aerial views of the empty Texas plains.

The movie had its intense moments.

Sports movies tend to be formulaic too.

Also, the football scenes really keep the viewer on the edge of their seat.

The football action itself is excellent - gritty, hard-hitting, exciting and realistic, if perhaps a tad too polished for a high school team (even a good one.

But regardless of the familiar territory, I can't deny that this film was powerful, exciting, and touching.

I have to say that I thought that not only was this film possibly the WORST sports film ever, but that it was one of the worst movies I have ever had the pain of seeing.

Instead, the over used story lines that were portrayed in the film became something of a bore, and the nice cinematography couldn't save this film.

For those viewers who know football, and especially Texas HS Football, I can imagine they will find nits and picks throughout, but for a modest football fan like myself, this movie was both entertaining and educational.

It may be dreary for many to handle, which explains much distaste for the film.

As I already mentioned, I am not a big sports fan, but from what I could tell, the football sequences were well done and quite intense.

The football scenes were shot well, but the story lines were basic and predictable.

A boring one about the pride(American pride) and future of a High school football team.

Not only because it has ultra-fit Garrett Hedlund in it but it was just mind blowing!

I became totally immersed in the movie.

Don't get me wrong, the acting was alright it was just that the plot was so unoriginal and it was unbearably slow-moving at times.

But the mania of the Odessa community is both gripping and appalling.

Lights is only so-so; worth maybe a rental on a bored Friday night, though I'm not sorry I saw the final ball game.

The production was a little uneven and was probably hard to follow by anyone who had not read the book.

The quarterback is quite bland.

Waste of time watching this.

And what made things even more intense was that this was a true story.

I put this one in the same stack as the boring hockey movie with Russell Crowe.

The characters were compelling and you really felt for them and their individual situations.

I recommend Friday Night Lights not only as a good sports movie, but a fascinating and heartfelt look at the American dream and what it takes to be the best.

It's an entertaining sports movie and fairly realistic because in Texas some people do take their football a little too seriously.

I despised Any Given Sunday, and was bored to tears by Remember The Titans.

Dull, drab, flat.

Peter Berg does a good job of directing, making the movie feel and look exciting.

More predictable --given today's trash TV and the need to do what you can to keep people watching-- is the amount of open sexuality and hook ups availed to these high school football players.

Yet "Friday" is a compelling realistic take on the same topic.

for a semi-biographical film, one might expect that there could at least be SOME realistic development, but the little that there is in the film comes off as bland characters developing into a little less bland versions of their former selves (ie.

just enjoy it for the football segments, but those were hard to watch, with twitchy, fast-moving camera work, ridiculous foley work with bone-cracking sounds, grunting like bulls in heat, and collisions that sound like somebody dropping ton-weight sacks of grain off a building!

But in life, just like football, they play the game and sometimes things work out and sometimes they take unexpected paths, and sometimes they don't work out.

I realize that Friday Night Lights will never when an Oscar but the performances are solid, the story intriguing, and the action is fast paced.

If you adapt real-life in a boring and unattached way, it does not make for a good movie.

The characters were very formulaic--'the superstar who gets hurt', 'the son of a drunk and overly demanding dad', and 'the underachieving quarterback.

I attended high school in Texas shortly after this time period and can relate to the intense football climate in TX.

A very tense, entertaining and a little pathetic sports-drama with an outstanding soundtrack.

Enjoyed it.

there were enough "slow moments" that I think a bit more of the passion of the school and all the football related activities should have had a part in the movie.

Though the film's primary focus is the community on the whole, there are few, if any true, stand out performances in this film that will stick with audiences members long after they have left the theater.

I have never noticed this actor before, but he is so intense as Mike Winchell that he makes you really feel for him.

From start to finish, i was on the edge of my seating, i even caught myself cheering in the theaters.

i still highly recommend it.