One of my favorite parts of my work as a blogger is when I get the opportunity to watch movies and share my favorites with you. There’s no obligation I share or create movie nights for home centered around them. I screen all the families one I can, because I think family movie night is such a special time for our family. We’ve weaved that into our family culture and I take it pretty seriously. I love sharing inspiration with you all on fun themes for your family. This film has an embargo on it until this week, and keeping this film to myself was hard.
IT MOVED ME.
I LOVED IT.
It’s brand new to Disney+ and as a sporty, football loving family. I had a hunch we’d like this one, but I didn’t expect to like it this much. I had never heard the real story of Ray McElrathbey so I actually thought the film was more of a comedy about a little brother sneaking on campus. I was in for a moving treat.
In fact, I feel tears behind my eyes as I type this. Without giving away too much, I’ll tell you that Ray Ray was a college freshman scholarship student athlete at Clemson when he unexpectedly takes custody of his 11 year old brother, Fahmarr.
It’s this beautiful retelling. However, it also shares a humanizing look at addiction and the foster care system. I thought it was an important perspective, because we don’t always talk how family members step in before the foster care system gets involved. This is often a decision made by grandparents on fixed incomes or in this case a 19 year old teenager. I thought this was an important narrative. I don’t think you see the joyful sacrifice of caretakers in a lot of media, like shows and movies.
Most importantly, it tells the story of the football brotherhood. That’s strong on and off the field. It reminded me that this is one of the reasons I pray my kids always love sports. The community. As I’m writing this, my husband is fishing with a fellow football dad. My son is wearing hand me downs from a teammate and I just finished packing up snacks (always extras for the siblings of teammates). It was an opportunity for me to talk with my sons (8 and 6) about gratitude and opportunities and always looking out for each other and their community. I want to raise men who see a need and meet it. I want them to be men who aren’t scared of a hurdle, but embrace it head on. Much like that sweetheart safety I know you’ll adore after this movie.
So what should you eat before this movie night?
You could go a lot of directions in traditional football mode- wings, hot dogs, brats, burgers. However, I’d recommend you make a simple spaghetti dish and garlic bread for some Italian family fun. Ray’s room mate is the sweetest Italian funcle and the inspiration for this suggestion.
Overall, this movie was a 10/10 for me. I don’t issue those often but I loved it.