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Anyone seen Friday Night Lights, yet?
Topic by: artifex
Posted: October 11, 2004 - 10:46 PM PDT
Last Reply: October 15, 2004 - 6:29 PM PDT

author topic: Anyone seen Friday Night Lights, yet?
artifex
post #1  on October 11, 2004 - 10:46 PM PDT  
I've definitely been curious about this movie, and have heard some people say it may be Thornton's best work yet?
wdrazo
post #2  on October 15, 2004 - 6:29 PM PDT  
I saw this last week in a small New Mexico town just 1.5 hours away from Odessa, TX. The film really shows the importance of football in small town life, even against overwhelming big city odds from my H.S. Alma Mater, albeit years later.

I was three rows from the screen. The physical contact made me nauseous. You could feel every crunch. I was impressed with the acting and wondered how many takes it took to complete a scene.

The continuity is a little sloppy with company sponsors. The father/son scenes are very indicative of the pressures in teenage life.

I have bought the book; there are some important differences. I'm told that when the author came back to Odessa after the book was published, he was reviled and spat upon during a news conference. I think this movie version is a little watered down, but I would suggest that anyone interested in football and small town life look at this controversial film with a fresh perspective.

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