Game Time: Tackling the Past parents guide

Game Time: Tackling the Past Parent Guide

Overall A-

Jake Walker (Ryan McPartlin) stars as an injured football star. While his knee can be treated by surgery, his emotional scars, caused by poor family relationships, can only be helped by tackling his past. This made for TV movie airs September 3, 2011 at 8/7c on NBC.

Release date September 3, 2011

Violence B
Sexual Content A
Profanity A-
Substance Use B+

Why is Game Time: Tackling the Past rated Not Rated? The MPAA rated Game Time: Tackling the Past Not Rated

Run Time: 96 minutes

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All across North America, football fields are thundering with the sound of cleats as teams take to the grass for a new sports season. In the midst of training camps and endurance drills, Walmart and P&G’s Family Movie Night releases their newest production, Game Time: Tackling the Past on September 3, 2011 at 8/7c on NBC.

Ryan McPartlin stars as NFL superstar Jake Walker whose impressive stats have the tight end on pace for a Hall of Fame induction. Then during the pre-season workouts, Jake is dealt a blow while trying to recover from recent knee surgery. But if Jake has learned anything on the gridiron, it is how to play through the pain. And he intends to prove he deserves the starting position.

At the same time, Jake suffers from another wound that can’t be healed with medical intervention—a rift between himself and the rest of the members of his family. For 15 years, Jake has avoided his hometown of Riverton, North Carolina, content that his new life as a celebrated sports figure will meet all his needs. However after his father Frank (Beau Bridges) suffers a massive heart attack, Jake’s brother Dean (Josh Braaten) begs him to come home.

When Jake arrives at the hospital, the reunion with his sibling and mother (Catherine Hicks) is a cool one. Unfortunately the tight end’s plan to make a perfunctory appearance before heading back to training camp is scuttled when his agent calls to say his contract has been canceled. Without an excuse to escape, Jakes must face the events of the past that haunt his family relationships and find a way to forgive himself and others for their previous mistakes.

With relatively minor amounts of violence (some on-field sports action and tense domestic moments), the movie offers entertainment that will fit most parents’ guidelines. With different groups learning to work together as a family and a team, Game Time: Tackling the Past stresses that individual success is largely dependent on the strength and support of the people around you.

Directed by Douglas Barr. Starring Ryan McPartlin, Beau Bridges, Josh Braaten, Catherine Hicks). Running time: 96 minutes. Theatrical release September 3, 2011. Updated

Game Time: Tackling the Past
Rating & Content Info

Why is Game Time: Tackling the Past rated Not Rated? Game Time: Tackling the Past is rated Not Rated by the MPAA

Violence: Scenes of football action include some hard hits and tackles. A man deals with a painful injury. Family members experience some tense moments and exchange words during arguments. A man undergoes some medical procedures in a hospital. An injured player is taken off the football field in an ambulance.

Sexual Content: A woman wears tight clothing. Couples kiss.

Language: Some brief name-calling is included in the script.

Alcohol / Drug Use: Athletes and their guests are shown with drinks at a social gathering.

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Game Time: Tackling the Past Parents' Guide

While some players on a football team receive more attention, why are all of the squad members needed to have a successful season? Can it be easy for a player to forget that when he hears his name over and over in the news?

Why do family tragedies often cause people to rethink their relationships? What did Jake learn about himself? What did the other family members discover?

Home Video

The most recent home video release of Game Time: Tackling the Past movie is November 29, 2011. Here are some details…

Game Time: Tackling the Past will release to home video at a later date. Further information will be posted as it is made available.

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