GOTTA KICK IT UP! (2002)

   

We love America Ferrera and were excited to check out this movie. For years I thought it was a soccer movie based off the title but came to find out it is about dance. Not soccer at all. While the overall story was interesting and entertaining, we never felt that the dance team actually became a team. The lead girl, who at first, was in it only for her own selfish reason, was supposed to eventually forget all that and just bring the team together, but she never really did. We felt like she was always just in it for herself. First to get out of detention and then to get herself into a fancy performance school. As for the coach, we never fully connected with her either. She always kept her distance and while she did open up to our lead girl, we never saw her open up to the rest of the team. And how come when the coach went to an interview for another job, all hell breaks loose about her abandoning the team, but when little miss lead girl wants to go to another school, that is just fine? Stop being selfish, lead girl. Aside from all that, though, it was a decent DCOM and we would watch it again.

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INVINCIBLE (2006)

   

I was hesitant to watch this film, but I am glad that I did. The Eagles football team hold open tryouts and our lead character makes the team. Based off a true story, it’s a great feel good sports movie. The younger kiddos may get bored, but I recommend it for the rest of the family, especially if you have kids that are into football or you enjoy looking at Mark Wahlberg’s muscles.

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DOUBLE TEAMED (2002)

   

OK, this was fun to watch because it was filmed in Utah but they were trying to make it Los Angeles. We knew the places they were filming and so we knew where they added palm trees to make it look like California. We don’t have palm trees in Salt Lake. Anyway, the movie wasn’t bad. It is about twin girls who move in order to go to a new school where they can get a basketball scholarship. It is based on a true story of twin girls who made it to the WNBA. And if you are a Gilmore Girls fan, Louise (of Madeline and Louise) is in it.

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D3: THE MIGHTY DUCKS (1996)

   

Another sequel and another 1/2 point deducted. The Ducks go to a new school on scholarship to be the junior varsity team and, surprise, the varsity team is like, “no way”! and the same plot as the first two takes place with junior varsity against varsity. We even have the same plot of not liking and then liking the new coach. Again though, if you like the others then you will enjoy this one. You just won’t enjoy it as much as the original.

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D2: THE MIGHTY DUCKS (1994)

   

Pretty much the same story line as the first movie, but instead of a rival local team, the Ducks are facing another country in the Junior Olympics. Is that a thing? We find it odd that team USA would consist of the Ducks and just a few other kids from the country. If there really was a junior team USA, I would think there would be a heavy try outs period for it. Oh well. If you enjoyed the first one, you will like this. Not as great as the first, but still fun and contains most the elements you loved from the first.

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MCFARLAND, USA (2015)

   

A great underdog story, McFarland, USA is based on the true story of a cross-country team that rose from bottom and the coach that made it all happen. We enjoyed the movie a lot more than we thought we would. We couldn’t help but get captivated by the story and root for these kids. It’s a feel good movie about family, hope and determination. Go ahead, go see it.

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THE MIGHTY DUCKS (1992)

   

Ok, I must admit, I had never seen this movie until now. This was one of Melissa’s favorites growing up and as a 90s kid, I am not sure how I missed seeing this. But I am now proud to say that I have seen it and that all I know and have learned about hockey has been from this movie. I actually watched a real hockey game after seeing this movie and understood a couple terms because I have gained much hockey knowledge from the Ducks. Quack, quack, quack, quack!

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GLORY ROAD (2006)

   
This movie is the true story about a coach who took the first all-black starting lineup in college basketball to the NCAA championship. It’s a true under dog story that may be too intense for younger viewers as the characters are dealing with true to life discrimination and racism. But it’s an inspiring tale that I would recommend for everyone to watch.

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