Family Movie Night: “Game Time: Tackling the Past”

P&G and Walmart have sponsored another fantastic family friendly movie that premieres next Saturday, September 3rd, 2011 on NBC at 8pm EST/7pm CST. This movie is called Game Time: Tackling the Past and is about pro-football player, Jake Walker, and his struggle with priorities.

Jake is a star athlete, looking at record-breaking career plays and top team contracts. When his brother calls to let him know their father was hospitalized with a heart attack, Jake drops what he is doing and heads home. The only thing is he hasn’t been home in a long time and the unresolved issues between him, his brother, and dad resurface. Jake is ready to do the obligatory quick visit and head back to the “good life,” when his career comes into question due to a knee injury he suffered and his contract is not renewed.

With encouragement from his patient mom (played by Catherine Hicks of Seventh Heaven), Jake does some heart-searching and makes amends with his dad and brother. He is also reunited with former girlfriend, Sarah, and their relationship begins to rekindle. Then Jake is offered a lucrative contract with a great team and Jake has to decide once and for all what his priorities will be.

I watched this movie with my husband and we really enjoyed it. I think Nate was initially a little skeptical and thought it would be boring. At the end, he said he really enjoyed it and would definitely watch it again. The plot line was excellent and very believable; I could see the events in this movie happening in real life. The characters were portrayed in a well, likable way too. I loved the romantic part of the movie; it wasn’t overwhelming for the guys watching, but just enough that it was appealing for us women. Of course there’s the football game at the end which is awesome for all the sports fans out there, especially as we are just getting into football season now!

I also liked that this is not just a feel-good movie, but one with a good lesson for all of us. Winning isn’t everything and it’s important to think about others and not get wrapped up in ourselves. As Jake said in the end “It’s one thing to look like a good man; it’s another to actually be one.

Once again, I am very impressed with Family Movie Night. They have produced another fantastic movie that I would love to show my children and one I can happily and highly recommend to you, my blog readers and your families!

I hope you’ll tune in with your family to see this!

What: Family Movie Night presents Game Time: Tackling the Past
Where: In your own home!
When: Saturday, September 3rd on NBC at 8pm ET/7pm CT.


Disclosure: 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.

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Erika is a happily married mom with four energetic children. With a love for Jesus, photography, organizing, and encouraging other moms, she stays busy and definitely does not have it all together.


  1. Leah Walker says:

    I HAVE to set a reminder for this. My husband LOVES football so this would be an awesome family movie for us to watch. And our last name is Walker too. Lol. It sounds like it’s going to be a good one. If it has even one down of football in it, hubby will be happy. Lol.

  2. Julie Witt says:

    I am really excited to watch this movie! I love the P&G/Walmart family movies – I can actually watch them with the WHOLE family, and everyone loves them! Great way to spend time with the family 😀

  3. Renee Sapone says:

    You are the second person to say this, so I might just have to watch!

  4. I might just have to watch this with my husband. He loves all sports related movies.

  5. Movies with sports themes are some of my favorites. I already set the DVR.

  6. Ann Fudge Cluck says:

    This is a movie my husband and I would both enjoy. Thanks for the review~~

  7. Amy Orvin says:

    I have never heard of it. Thanks

  8. victoria lester says:

    I enjoyed your review. I have to agree, I like the romantic part of the movie too although I could of done without the football towards the end. I guess they have to have a little something to appeal to both genders though.

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