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Underdogs (2013)

Underdogs (2013)

D.B. SweeneyWilliam MapotherRichard PortnowLogan Huffman
Doug Dearth


Underdogs (2013) is a English movie. Doug Dearth has directed this movie. D.B. Sweeney,William Mapother,Richard Portnow,Logan Huffman are the starring of this movie. It was released in 2013. Underdogs (2013) is considered one of the best Drama,Family,Sport movie in India and around the world.

Set in rural Ohio, the birthplace of football, a small-town high school football team rises from obscurity to play their cross-town rival, a perennial powerhouse, while standing up for an entire community. Bobby Burkett is the promising quarterback for the Knights, but his Division Four school has never made a playoff appearance until Coach Vince DeAntonio's arrival. Their gruff new coach recruits a talented but insecure receiver and gives a juvenile delinquent offensive lineman a second chance. When Bobby falls for rival cheerleader Renee Donohue, a battle for more than a championship begins with the Viking's "golden boy" quarterback John Hanford III. Meanwhile, Bobby's father is being sued by his former employer and town patriarch John Hanford II over the intellectual rights to a revolutionary new energy saving product. With their home at stake, things look grim for the Burketts (until rumors of Hanford Corp's move to Mexico surface). Now with hundreds of manufacturing jobs at stake...


Underdogs (2013) Reviews

  • Good Heart, Bad Acting


    This movie takes place in my hometown. It was exciting to see some of the places I visit on the big screen. That being said, the movie is low budget all the way. Especially the acting. Terrible through and through. And, it always is a shock to see recruiting at the high school football level. Everything about the movie is cliché: from the ragtag losing football team at the beginning (no one seems to do anything right), to the champions at the end (way too over the top). I guess Americans are suckers for the underdog story, but how many times do we have to see the same thing portrayed on screen. Two minutes into the movie, anyone in the theater could have accurately written the ending. No surprises. And, the parallel storyline with the quarterback's father was a little too convenient. Couple items of note, there are no palm trees in stark county, Ohio (except maybe indoors), and the Underdog team didn't seem to have enough players to field both offense and defense.

  • Fun film, enjoyable even if you're not into sports


    I just saw this film yesterday at the Cleveland International Film Festival. I must say, I was very impressed. The overall cinematography is in line with most modern day multi-million dollar Hollywood productions, even though this was produced as an independent film and shot in less than a month in Stark County, Ohio. It's amazing to see how far film makers can go when they actually have talent and aren't relying on a bloated budget and over-hyped marketing campaign. UNDERDOGS shines in that the shots themselves are well composed and can, at times, even evoke emotion. The actors and actresses all performed extremely well. Though this is a family-oriented film, there wasn't a lot of "cheesy" moments or poor acting typically associated with those types of films. The characters themselves are very memorable and you could almost hear the audience praising the heroes and booing the villains as the film went on. There is enough humor sprinkled throughout to keep it from becoming too serious. Though this was primarily a football movie, I found it quite engaging even though I didn't understand a lot of the football jargon. The parallel plot of an employee fighting against his greedy employer really helps drive home the whole spirit of being an underdog, which most people can really relate to. Overall, fun and enjoyable film and highly recommended!

  • Refreshingly honest sports movie a metaphor for struggle


    I'm a veteran of sports movies... "Rudy", "We Are Marshall", "One on One"-- I grew up on them and still can't resist the genre. So I'm well aware of the underlying metaphor of struggle and victory as it applies to daily life. I also hold a college degree in Literature, so I can sniff out cheese in a movie. "Underdogs" was refreshingly different. Yes, I loved it because I grew up in the region-- in the cradle of the birthplace of football. But I liked "Rudy", even though I've never worshiped the Football Jesus at Notre Dame. So, only minimal kudos for my love of place. I loved this movie because, unlike many sports movies, it was clear-eyed and real. The cinematography was sharp and by no means low-budget. The camera was so omnipresent yet graceful that it was able to pick up the subtleties of actors' expressions that catapulted the story along. The pacing was never slow either. The movie roared along like a high-school football season,with the viewer caught up in the play-by-play of the tumultuous season, as well as the companion struggle of the movie's main protagonists. The movie really let its young actors tell the story, too, so the point of view came right from the characters' hearts. Although the adults in the film did the usual pontificating, it was really the kids' story. As a veteran of many Film Festivals, I can say that this movie is not traditional Film Fest fare. As Sally Sparrow said so well in an episode of British TV series "Dr. Who", 'sad is happy for deep people'. So not your typical Film Fest Sturm und Dang, but plenty of clear-eyed, uncliched retelling of the football myth and legend in our culture.

  • Disappointing


    This was a good idea on paper. The terrible acting completely sabotaged this film. When the movie started I had high hopes. Underdog sports movies kick ass. I was hoping for an Invincible/The Little Giants/The Blind Side feel good movie. What I was left with was a disappointment I haven't felt since the student film I did in college. Only that had better acting. I stopped paying attention at some point. What a bummer. On a side note, the two stars are for Natalie Imbruglia. Solid talent there.

  • Should have been direct to DVD


    Terrible movie with some bad acting. Mrs Burkett was terrible and stuttering dad was unbelievable. Turns out to be an ad for suarez's eden pure heaters. Good local flair and commentating by the local whbc sports reporter but not enough to make it worth the matinée price or the 1hr 45mins. of my time that I can't get back. The best I can say about the movie is that quality filming was present. Doesn't look low budget. My children and spouse graduated from Aquinas and they were embarrassed to see their school in this movie. Movie is predictable and takes part of the local storyline into the movie. Those that worked at the Hoover company lived the working part of the story. Save your time and if your local wait for the DVD release, should be in about 2 weeks.


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