Up until this point in “ American Underdog,” with four minutes left in the new film about Kurt Warner, the entire movie felt like a swirling tornado, constant and continuous emotion — football, love, and family amid suffocating sacks from Ray Lewis and stranded cars in snowstorms and, even, an actual tornado.
- Hochman: ‘American Underdog,’ a Kurt Warner film, is a pleasant ride if hardly a sports classic.
- Benjamin Hochman’s most remarkable story from 2021: Illinois’ Kofi Cockburn shows Mizzou what supremacy looks like Goodbye to a Blues great, and hello (again) to Cardinals baseball.
- American Underdog, released on Christmas Day, describes the tale that many of you witnessed unfold in real-time.
- It’s still an excellent sports film, even if it’s only for the St. Louis scenes.
- Brenda and Kurt Warner’s love story is the focus of this film, and as you see it unfold, it becomes clear that Warner’s buy-in to Brenda and her family provided Kurt with this clarity.
- It was both soul-nourishing and uplifting to see Kurt and Brenda feed off one other.
- Their path was long and winding but rewarding: American Underdog also depicted Warner’s relationship with Brenda’s blind son, Zack.
- “Dennis Quaid, who played Rams coach Dick Vermeil, gave one of the more nuanced performances in the film.
Warner, on the other hand, has finally completed the task. He’s the winner. His first start as a starting quarterback in the NFL. The Rams of St. Louis are also in “winning” mode. The camera steadily drifts forward from behind the Baltimore Ravens defensive line toward the Rams’ offensive line, near the center, and ultimately, behind the center.
Warner, played by Zachary Levi, is triumphant and humble at the same time. It may hear the delicate strums of an acoustic guitar. Then comes Josh Ritter’s soothing singing voice: “I had a dream last night, I dreamt that I was swimming…”
The scene was very breathtaking. It wrapped a bow around it to use a festive expression. This film, released on Christmas Day, describes the tale that many of you witnessed unfold in real-time.
In 1999, a young man from St. Louis got selected to play quarterback for the hometown club, but he was injured. Trent Green’s successor is a career underdog, a quarterback at the University of Northern Iowa who went on to work at a Hy-Vee supermarket before joining the Arena Football League. Warner wins his first game of 1999, several more after that, and, of course, the last game.
So, how about the movie? Was it any good?
American Underdog isn’t one of the great sports films. It’s still an excellent sports film, even if it’s only for the St. Louis scenes. While the clip may be appropriate for the Hy-cheese Vee’s area, the critical message is a true one: it reminds you how a good teammate can make you stronger.
I’m not talking about football, of course. Brenda and Kurt Warner’s American Underdog y is the focus of this film, and as you see it unfold, it becomes clear that Warner’s buy-in to Brenda and her family provided Kurt with this clarity. His kinship with them grew more assertive. He was propelled by love, empowered by love, and, in a sense, maximized by love.
As a result, he knew he’d be successful when he was allowed to start for the Rams since his head was in the proper place. He was all set for his big moment.
All he needed was for his moment to arrive:
Kurt and Brenda (played by Anna Paquin) reminded me of my qualities in my colleague. Because Christmas is so meaningful for my wife and daughter (well, for my wife — our daughter now refers to it as “Mitt-mas”), it seemed only fitting to see “American Underdog” during the holiday season. It was both soul-nourishing and uplifting to see Kurt and Brenda feed off one other.
Their path was long and winding, but it was also rewarding:
American Underdog also depicted Warner’s relationship with Brenda’s blind son, Zack. Kurt’s generosity for Zack was moving, as was his emphasis on empathy. Young Zack carried a microphone during the reception and sang a song to Kurt. “It was no accident me discovering you, papa,” Tracy Byrd sang in “Keeper of The Stars.” Someone was involved long before we were aware.”
Quaid perfectly captured the old coach’s demeanor. The genuineness. His glint in his eye. “We’ll unite around Kurt Warner, and we’ll play terrific football,” the famous remark goes.
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