I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of P&G and received a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.

I love P&G and Walmart’s Family Movie Nights. With families scattered all about the house these days tuned into their devices rather than each other, it’s wonderful that these two companies have teamed up to offer family friendly movies that parents and children of all ages can enjoy together.

We recently had the chance to watch an advanced screening of Game Time: Tackling The Past and highly recommend checking it out this Saturday, September 3rd at 8 pm ET/7 pm CT on NBC.

Game Time Tackling the Past

Pro football player, Jake Walker, has it all: fame, fortune, and athletic success and is even on the verge of a record that will get him into the Hall of Fame. When he gets a call that his estranged father has had a heart attack he returns to his small hometown of Riverton, a place he’s avoided for nearly 15 years, to be by his side.

As his father recovers, Jake steps in to help his brother coach the high school football team. In this role, he’s surrounded by both memories and regrets from his years as a star on the Riverton High School football team.

During his stay he receives a call from his agent telling him that is contract with his current team won’t be renewed. Instead of facing the media circus surrounding this surprising move, he decides to stay in Riverton to help coach the high school football team, reconnect with his family, and re-kindle an old flame.

It’s not long before he realizes what’s really important in life and where he belongs. However, just as he’s getting comfortable being himself and not the hard-armored, self-centered pro-football player he once was, he gets a visit from his agent.

Jake’s been offered an impressive new contract with a new team. Will he take it and return to life in the pro’s, money, and stardom or does he instead belong in Riverton surrounded by family, friends, and people who always believed in him and who he is?

I won’t give away the ending, but I will say that we enjoyed this movie because of the numerous football scenes (Tired Dad Dave’s favorite part), the drama (my favorite part), and the suspense leading up to Jake’s final choice (we both enjoyed trying to guess what he would do). We also loved the messages about the importance of selflessness and doing what’s right.

Here’s a look at the movie trailer:

There were numerous teachable moments in this Game Time: Tackling the Past and most of them were sports based metaphors for life. This makes it a great movie for families with children of all ages because it has many adages including the classic “there’s no I in team.” It’s a fun family movie filled with teachable moments, discussion opportunities, and pure entertainment.


Game Time: Tackling the Past this Saturday at 8 pm ET/7 pm CT on NBC.