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'The 5th Quarter'
(Ryan Merriman, Aidan Quinn, Andie MacDowell, Andrea Powell, Anessa Ramsey, et al / DVD / NR / 2011 / 20th Century Fox)

Overview: Driven by the tragic and fatal car crash that took the life of his fifteen year old brother Luke, and wearing Luke's number 5 jersey, Jon Abbate helps to lead the Wake Forest Demon Deacons to the most successful season in school history.

DVD Verdict: 'The 5th Quarter' is an incredibly moving film. It is the story of how a family comes to terms with the most profound of losses, and how a team rallies around a teammate's love for his brother.

After a car accident changes the lives of the Abbate family forever, older brother Jon (Merriman) has a tough time coping and want to give up playing football. After his teammate talks to him Jon decides to give it one more try.

This is a true story about the tragedy of the Abbate family and the 2006 Wake Forest football team. More then a sports movie, this is more of a christian themed film about dealing with loss. This was a good movie overall. While I enjoy a feel good type movie like this one, the big problem I had with this is that (like most christian movies) everything seems to perfect and when the main character begins his quest there is not much that stops him.

This movie is very heart-wrenching in parts, but the poor acting takes away from the emotion. Overall, this is a good movie, but the fact that everything works out a little too well and the bad acting makes this a little worse then I wanted it to be. I did like it though. [TH] This is a Widescreen Presentation (2.35:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.