That being said, I did like Friday Night Lights. Because this is a move that transcends its subject and becomes something more.
Based on real life events, the film chronicles one season of the Periman-Odessa Panthers on their quest for the Texas State Championships. It's gritty and as close to a documentary as real life without being, you know...real. And it's very interesting to see in the context of a post-World Series Boston. Especially when they talk about curses.
And it's got some chilling lines, like a caller to a sports-talk radio show: "There's too much learning going on at that school." And then you remember, oh yeah: Texas is a red state.
But the most fascinating part, beyond the underdog drama, beyond the black-vs-white playoff finale, is Billy Bob Thornton's reunion with his eight-years-older Sling Blade costar Lucas Black. They had chemistry then, and they still have now. And it's the best part of the film...well, at least if you don't like football at all.