Friday Night Lights (2004)

Something of a Rorschach blot among football sagas, this Peter Berg–directed vision of poor small-town Texas and its veins-in-the-teeth devotion to high school ball is, on one hand, an incisive poison-pen letter excoriating empty-headed hypocrisies and oppressive social madness; on the other hand, it strives to celebrate the rush of the game—the germ of the problem—with every shaky-cam moment of field play. Spawned a very popular TV series of the same name.

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