Thursday, November 24, 2011

Game Of Your Life

This week I was given the opportunity to preview the next Family Movie Night in the Walmart and P&G Present series. First off, let me give you the official info about the film:
 'Game of Your Life' Synopsis
When industrious high school gamer Zach Taylor lands a prized scholarship to the prestigious Digital Institute of Game Design (DIGD), his future breaks wide open. The opportunity to study under gaming legend Marcus Bentton and alongside the country’s most creative minds will certainly propel him into a successful career as a video game designer. That is, if he can pass the infamous freshman project that eliminates more than half of the class within the first three months.
Paired with brilliant yet socially awkward teammates Phillip and Donald, the trio persuades Sara Ramirez – a determined and striking team leader with whom Zach has a history (and possibly a future) – to join their team. Working off-campus in the teched-out Lincoln Alley loft, the four set out to involve the entire campus in a quirky new social interactive game. But as the group becomes entrenched in the project, Zach learns that his father Billy, a widower, is facing growing financial woes at home. To help out, Zach accepts an opportunity to work directly with Marcus Bentton on a secretive side project that seems too good to be true. The effort requires nearly all of Zach’s time and energy, which he should be devoting to the project. Struggling to keep it together, Zach is torn between his responsibility to his team, his admiration for Bentton and a chance to help his father.
Everything comes to a breaking point when Zach’s team threatens to remove him from the group and the deceptive truth behind Bentton’s project comes to light. With the guidance of Professor Abbie Lambert, Zach must make a decision that not only affects his future, but the lives and livelihoods of the people around him as well. It’s a revealing story that recognizes the magnitude behind the choices we make and the importance loyalty plays in making good decisions.

My Opinion:
This movie was a lot of fun and had just the right mix of humor, conflict, and lessons learned. It will be a delight for fans of Back To The Future to see the fabulous Lea Thompson and the iCarly crowd will love to see "Freddie" (Nathan Kress). Of course I loved the humorous moments, but was also very pleased with the way the group handled Zach when he made a bad choice. He chose to disobey the rules and the group leader enforced the rule that said he was disqualified from group participation. Although Zach felt justified and did have good intentions, he deliberately chose to break clearly stated rules. Consequences, forgiveness (asking for and granting to another), and redemption are clearly demonstrated without being preachy. Loyalty, making the right choice, and being a part of a community of family and friends is a message that we all need to hear. My favorite quote from the movie was advise given to Zach Taylor (Titus Makin Jr.) by his dad, "Home is love and loyalty to the people who care about you and whom you care about." Very true words!

Please check out more about this film by clicking on the links listed below:
Additionally, there are 2 more that you will want to check out!!:
I didn't want to pass up the opportunity to share two great links with you from our friends at Family Movie Night! 

For their movie 'Game of Your Life' which airs on NBC December 2nd at 8/7c they have created a Facebook app that will let you select 6 of your Facebook friends and tell why you are THANKFUL for them!

Also, Family Movie Night is offering you the chance to win $5,000 for your favorite Grade school or High School. Be sure to follow the link below as the sweepstakes ends on 12/2!

You will love the film, and make sure you enter to win $5000 for YOUR favorite grade or high school!!


deborah_seeley said...

Great review Cindy. I already have it scheduled to watch! Thanks as always for your insight ! Love ya!

Cindy said...

You will enjoy it Deb. I watched it twice. :)