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Overall A-

In 1971, the citizens of Alexandria, Virginia were already angry at the forced racial integration in their high school, but when the job of football coach goes to an African-American (Denzel Washington), it's the last straw. However, under his leadership the newly-formed team learns to tackle prejudice and help the town win the fight against intolerance.

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

MPAA Rating: PG for thematic elements and some language

Remember The Titans

After showing young audiences how to steal cars (Gone in 60 Seconds) and justifying the exploitation of your body to earn a living (Coyote Ugly), Jerry Bruckheimer will likely surprise many parents with possibly the best family movie of 2000 -- Remember the Titans.

After visiting Alexandria, Virginia a couple of years ago, screenwriter Greg Howard wrote the script for Remember the Titans because he was inspired by the influence the Titans (a high school football team) had on their hometown during the 70's, the effects of which are still visible today. Based closely on the 1971 struggle that occurred when three high schools and two races were integrated into one, the story focuses on the school board's decision to replace long-standing Caucasian football coach Bill Yoast (Will Patton) with African-American Herman Boone (Denzel Washington).

With the white students and community ready to boycott the school, Boone concentrates on teaching his students something far more important than throwing a nice spiral. By channeling the boys' aggressions into football instead of racism, Boone turns their anger into a positive motivating force. Within a few months, these teens become a solid work-together team -- not only playing incredible football, but also teaching classmates and parents a few things about tolerance.

If the words sentimental, cheesy, or clich0xE9 come to mind, let me assure you when compared to the recent glut of teen films romanticizing drugs, sex, booze, and irresponsible behavior, I'd hardly call a script about some zealous do-good kids "typical."

Besides minor violence related to racial tensions, a handful of mild profanities, and a quick male-to-male kiss instigated by a long-haired player to quiet a teasing teammate (his sexual orientation is never determined), this movie will likely leave parents and teens positively impressed. Yoast, Boone, and the students act as powerful examples of co-operation, standing for what they know is right, and demonstrating the educational value of high school athletics.

Perhaps the real Yoast sums it up best in a recent interview: "I could have handled the football, but what Herman did with those boys, nobody else could have done."

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