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The 5th Quarter - Blu-ray / family and children DVD / sports drama DVD / Christian inspirational DVD review
THE 5TH QUARTER Rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America curledupdvd.com rating: 2 stars
Featuring: Aidan Quinn, Andie MacDowell, Ryan Merriman, Jillian Batherson, Andrea Powell
Director: Rick Bieber Distributor: 20th Century Fox
DVD release: 20 September 2011 Runtime: 96 min.
(1 disc)
Format: AC-3, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled, Widescreen, Blu-ray
DVD features: 1080p High Definition, Aspect ratio 1.85:1, Audio tracks (English - DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1), Subtitles (English SDH, French, Spanish), The Making of The 5th Quarter

*The 5th Quarter* The 5th Quarter is the true story of a family who loses their youngest son in a tragic car crash and the impact of his death on the lives of the various family members - particularly the older son (Ryan Merriman, Final Destination 3), who plays college football for Wake Forest. Andie MacDowell plays the mother of the sons (Maryanne Abbate) and Aidan Quinn plays the father (Steven Abbate) in a film with undertones similar to Fireproof (Kirk Cameron, 2008).

*The 5th Quarter* I love sports movies, especially ones that are based on true stories, and I had high hopes for The 5th Quarter. However, it did not come close to fulfilling my hopes. As often is the case, direct-to-DVD movies often try to capitalize on the success of a similar, more mainstream movie - in this case, The Blind Side. And - as also is often the case - they disappoint for a variety of reasons.

While the storyline is emotionally moving (certain scenes are probably some of the most emotional I've seen in a long time), the film fails to establish a strong connection between the tragic loss of a teenage boy and the success of a college football team. Granted, the older brother is a member of that college football team, but more time is spent on how he deals with the loss of his younger brother than the football team itself - so much so that the college football scenes seem out of place.

The storyline definitely has potential - it just needed to be told in a different way.
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reviewed by Troy Hartman
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