Review: American Underdog (2021)

American Underdog

Release Date: December 25, 2021

Run Time: 1 hour & 52 minutes

Reviewed By: Edwina

The inspirational true story of Kurt Warner (Zachary Levi), who overcomes years of challenges and setbacks to become a two-time NFL MVP, Super Bowl champion, and Hall of Fame quarterback. Just when his dreams seem all but out of reach, it’s only with the support of his wife, Brenda (Anna Paquin), and the encouragement of his family, coaches, and teammates that Warner perseveres and finds the strength to show the world the champion that he already is.

My husband wanted to see this one and since he knew the story of Kurt Warner, he wanted to watch it played out on the big screen. I joined him, hoping for a good film and that’s exactly what I got! I’m not a football fan, or really a sports fan for that matter, but these types of stories get me every time. They are THE best! The true stories of people who rise up from nothing. Through hard work and determination. That is the story of Kurt Warner!

The story plays out how he met his wife (played by Anna Paquin) and their beautiful love story, how he got shot down numerous times before he made it to the big leagues, and his journey to get to that spot. One of the best parts of the film, for me, was watching Dennis Quaid in the role of Dick Vermeil. I’m a Jersey girl, so I do know a little bit about the Philadelphia Eagles and had some knowledge of Dick when he coached for them. Lots of respect around here for him. I saw that played out in this film and also in his connection with Kurt.

Dick really wanted to see Kurt make it and rooted for him every step of the way. Dick equated his experiences with Kurt’s, in that they were both the “older guys” and “washed up.” Dick wanted to give Kurt the chance to shine.

Kurt and Dick partnering together to make things happen and showing everyone what they could do… I just keep hoping that’s how it really all went down. 

My husband and I had wished for more outtakes at the end. There were some, but not enough for us.  After a movie like this, you always want to see what the real life characters are doing in the current moment. So when I got home, I did some of my own research.

I loved American Underdog and felt inspired by the story. The acting was good, but not great. That’s okay though. It’s the story that mattered. A good one to see if you want to be uplifted and inspired!

W2B Rating: 9 out of 10 stars

Post Credits Scene: Yes

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