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Brian’s Song (2001)

(NR) 87 mins

Plot Summary: The story of professional football players Gale Sayers and Brian Piccolo, and how their friendship on and off the field was affected when Piccolo contracted a fatal disease.

Director: John Gray

Writers: Sayers (book), Al Silverman (book), William Blinn (story), Gray (teleplay), Allen Clare (teleplay)

Stars: Mekhi Phifer, Sean Maher, Paula Cale

Serious Jest: animated beer mug 25% (transparent bkgrd)animated beer mug 25% (transparent bkgrd)animated beer mug 25% (transparent bkgrd) (Worth Watching)  This one gets by with me based on the awesomeness of the true NFL story.  I also like that it effectively portrayed some issues without over-explaining them, like the racial undertones.  Other than that, I was severely underwhelmed.  First, the cinematography was extremely low-budget.  I haven’t seen the 1971 original, but I’m guessing there’s not much of a difference in camera quality.  Also, the acting from just about everyone, even Phifer during his “shy” scenes, seemed forced.  Both Phifer and Maher were pretty charismatic, at times, however.  And although I know that this movie isn’t really about football, they really skimped on the football scenes!  I don’t know what they thought they were doing with that blurry first-person view, but it wasn’t working.  I have a feeling that if I was to see the original flick, I would downgrade my rating of this remake.

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About Serious Jest

Film & TV Reviewer by Choice, Attorney at Law, Marine to the Corps (excuse the pun), Nupe Under Pressure, and MC by Nature

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