Undefeated Parent Guide
For football lovers and non-sport enthusiasts alike, the character-building lessons of Coach Courtney apply equally on and off the sports field.
Parent Movie Review
The football field may be the venue, but bigger life lessons are being taught on the gridiron at Memphis, Tennessee’s Manassa High School.
As the volunteer head coach for the past five years, Bill Courtney has made huge family and professional sacrifices to build the school’s sports program. But despite the team’s dismal record, he refuses to give up on his players or their futures. Coming from a fatherless home himself, he understands these young men need a positive male role model, someone that cares and has expectations. On and off the field, he demands discipline, personal responsibility and commitment from his players to their schoolwork and team.
Unfortunately these students are a tough bunch. Many live in broken homes and houses best suited for demolition. Their inner city community is littered with garbage, deserted dwellings and abandoned businesses that have left much of the neighborhood’s population struggling financially. The school’s underfunded football program earns money for equipment and travel by hiring out to bigger schools as a practice team. The games provide much needed cash but deflate the players’ confidence even more with every trouncing.
This documentary follows a number of the team member of the Manassa High School Tigers, O.C. Brown, Montrail “Money” Brown and Chavis Daniels, and their coaches for an entire season as they work through wins, losses and setbacks. Frequent cussing on the practice field and a strong expletive during a tense game will be the film’s biggest content concerns for some family viewers.
However, for football lovers and non-sport enthusiasts alike, Coach Courtney focuses more on building these underprivileged boys into “uncommon men” than on having them just memorize the playbook. “Football doesn’t build character,” he tells them, “It reveals character.” Luckily for parents and teens in the audience, these character-building lessons apply equally on and off the sports field.
Directed by Daniel Lindsay, T.J. Martin. Starring Bill Courtney, O.C. Brown, Montrail 'Money' Brown, Chavis Daniels. Running time: 113 minutes. Theatrical release February 17, 2012. Updated July 17, 2017
Rating & Content Info
Why is Undefeated rated PG-13? Undefeated is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for some language.
Violence: People discuss violent incidents, including the use of a BB gun. Police move onto the football field to avoid a riot after a football game. A student returns to school after serving time in a youth penitentiary. Some pushing and shoving as well as sports action are shown.
Sexual Content: A student discusses “smelling good” for his girlfriend. After a student accuses another of being gay, a tussle breaks out.
Language: The script contains a strong sexual expletive, frequent profanities, some scatological slang and terms of Deity.
Alcohol / Drug Use Men are seen drinking from a brown bag covered bottle in a vacant lot.
Page last updated July 17, 2017
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Undefeated Parents' Guide
How does the Uncommon Man award recognize achievements of individual players? What are the benefits of such acknowledgements? Are the demands Coach Courtney makes of the boys reasonable?
Why does Coach Courtney feel so strongly about a father’s role? What sacrifices does he make to mentor and direct these young men? What is the cost to his own family? How might one individual change a community?
The most recent home video release of Undefeated movie is February 18, 2013. Here are some details…
Home Video Notes: Undefeated
Release Date: 19 February 2013
Undefeated releases to home video with the following extras:
- Audio Commentary with directors Dan Lindsay and TJ Martin
- Deleted Scenes
- A Black and White Teaser Trailer
- A “The Making of Undefeated” featurette
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Other inner-city kids pin their hopes on the sport of basketball in the documentary Hoop Dreams. Based on a true story, The Blind Side follows the miraculous life of a street kid who finds an adoptive family and the game of football. Refusing to believe a person’s fate is sealed by the neighborhood in which they reside, a dedicated teacher offers his students a chance at higher education by improving their math skills in Stand and Deliver (also based on a true story). The importance of father figures is explored in the movie Courageous.