A clunky highschool soccer film impressed by the 2009 season of the Abilene Eagles (of Abilene, Texas), “Under the Stadium Lights” seems geared toward audiences who already know the final result, the rivalries and the highlights. Occasional clips of the unique video games are offered with so little context they appear designed to jog recollections somewhat than advance the drama.
Some sports activities films construct to inspirational speeches; “Under the Stadium Lights” treats platitudes as the principal occasion. The character of Chad Mitchell (Milo Gibson, a son of Mel), a police officer and the staff’s chaplain — and off digital camera, a producer on the film and an writer of the e book it’s primarily based on — invitations the gamers to “talk about the stuff that” they “can’t talk about at home,” a tool that ensures a gradual stream of outpourings for the director, Todd Randall, to chop to.
A number of characters get sufficient display time to register, like Ronnell Sims (Carter Redwood), the quarterback, and his cousin Herschel Sims (Acoryé White), a working again, who each have dad and mom who aren’t all the time there. Augustine Barrientes (Germain Arroyo), a linebacker often known as Boo, resists becoming a member of a gang, whereas the selfless Chad learns to find time for his household. Despite distinguished billing, Laurence Fishburne has solely a peripheral function as a barbecue joint proprietor who watches the climactic recreation from a hospital mattress.
The hokiest traces go to Coach Warren (Glenn Morshower), who, seizing a metaphor, tells Chad why he thinks that vans have greater windshields than rearview mirrors: to maintain individuals centered on the current and never the previous. “If we keep our thoughts in the windshield of life,” he says, “we’re going to do just fine.”
Under the Stadium Lights
Rated PG-13. Talk of drug dealing and drug use. Running time: 1 hour 49 minutes. In theaters and obtainable to lease or purchase on Apple TV, Google Play and different streaming platforms and pay TV operators.