'The Turkey Bowl'
(Ryan Hansen, Kristen Hager, Alan Ritchson, et al / DVD / R / 2019 / Lionsgate Films)
Overview: Patrick Hodges, a former small-town high school quarterback—now a high-powered Chicago businessman engaged to a politician’s daughter—hasn’t returned to his tiny Midwestern town in years.
But his old friends have lured him back for Thanksgiving to force him to finish the legendary Turkey Bowl—a football game that was snowed out 15 years ago.
Patrick must risk his future to lead his ragtag team against their bitter crosstown rivals, ultimately realizing how much he misses the simpler life and the girl that got away.
DVD Verdict: Interestingly enough, the exact same premise outline of this movie has been done before, but that doesn't stop it from still being a heartwarming, and at times heart pleasing little movie that could.
In 1999 a school football team had a chance to break a 50 year old drought and win the Turkey Bowl. But it snowed and the game never got finished. Why it didn't get rescheduled is a reality point the movie ignores for the team's to reunite in 2019 and finish what they started.
Anyway, the only thing is the star player has run off to be a big shot in Chicago and is about to be engaged to a presidential campaigners daughter.
Thus, he is tricked into returning home to play the game he has no interest in, nor wants to return home, and rekindled with his buddies, teammates and old girlfriend.
As for what follows, well, to be honest, I'm sure you have already filled in how it all ends.
That said, 'The Turkey Bowl' - which at times tries to be a bit like Animal House that also leans into and sneakily borrows from The Waterboy - may well just be yet another underdogs football movie, but the plot pacing and actors behind the central character bring it together rather nicely.
In short, 'The Turkey Bowl' combines small town, high school memories and experiences that many viewers can attest to.
Furthermore, it is situated around a holiday and sport that many of us have grown to love.
Great cast, with some pockets of wonderful comedic writing, and a soundtrack that will bring back fond memories to many, this is a timeless movie that will definitely be enjoyable to watch year after year. This is a Widescreen Presentation (2.39:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
• Audio Commentary with Director Greg Coolidge and Co-Writer Kirk Ward
• Deleted Scenes Plus Commentary
'The Turkey Bowl' DVD will include an audio commentary with director Greg Coolidge & co-writer Kirk Ward and additional deleted scenes with commentary, and will be available on DVD for the suggested retail price of $19.98.
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