Saturday, October 20, 2012

My Pick for Family Movie Night: Crooked Arrows

Last night was Family Movie Night in the Heim household, and we had the pleasure of watching Crooked Arrows, which comes to Blu-ray and DVD this Tuesday, October 23rd. I was really excited about seeing this movie because my husband told me that lacrosse is one of the fastest growing sports in America. It’s become very popular here in south Florida, so I was anxious to see what all the “fuss” is about. After watching the movie, I can definitely see why lacrosse is such an exciting game!

Lacrosse actually originates with the Native Americans, but in this movie, the players aren’t making their ancestors proud. In fact, the Native American team is terrible! Fortunately, former star player Joe Logan (played by Brandon Routh of Superman Returns), who is half-Native American, is reluctantly persuaded to take over the team and return them to glory. There’s also a storyline about expanding the tribe’s casino and the best use for Native lands, but the most entertaining part of the movie involves watching the team rise to the top of their game. Along the way, they learn more about their tribe’s language and history, and acquire self-confidence and pride in their heritage.

Although this movie holds no surprises -- it’s your typical sports-themed movie in which the underdogs come out from behind to win the trophy -- it still feels new because of the lacrosse and Native American aspects of the film. I didn’t get a chance to watch the special features yet, but they all look really interesting because they shed more light on the story of Crooked Arrows, Native American lacrosse, and the Onondaga tribe. You’ll find plenty of things to talk about with your children after watching Crooked Arrows together for your next Family Movie Night!

Disclosure: I received a complimentary screener to facilitate this review, but all opinions are my own. This post contains my Amazon affiliate link.


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