ST. LOUIS — “My All American” is based on the true story of Freddie Steinmark, who played football for the University of Texas Longhorns, and coach Darrell Royal.
While I was watching the film I realized I had seen a movie similar to this one before. It was a 1971 tear-jerker called “Brian’s Song,” which was a much better film because “Brian’s Song” developed the friendship between two men. “Brian’s Song” also had much better music.
Through the first 100 minutes of “My All American,” all you see are brutal football plays and how wonderful Steinmark’s life is. I felt I needed to wear a helmet to watch this movie the football plays were so vicious. Other than the football plays, the only conflict is which college is going to give Steinmark a football scholarship. It is only in the last 18 minutes that the real conflict of the movie happens and it lasts two minutes.
Steinmark is played by Finn Wittrock. Aaron Eckhart is Coach Royal. Sarah Bolger plays Steinmark’s girlfriend, Linda. Robin Tunney and Michael Reilly Burke play Steinmark’s parents.
Wittrock does a great job as Steinmark. Wittrock is a gorgeous hottie that the women in the audience will swoon over. Bolger is believable as his love interest and Eckhart is fine as the coach. It’s just too bad that they didn’t have better material to work with.
“My All American” was written by Angelo Pizzo who wrote “Hoosiers” and “Rudy.” This script is not indicative of Pizzo’s talent. It lacked conflict and a good story line. Pizzo makes his directorial debut in “My All American”
I watched “My All American” at Wehrenberg Ronnie’s 20 Cine Monday night. Although the audience applauded when the movie ended, I couldn’t find anyone who thought this was really a good movie.
Several older people in the audience mentioned that they were thinking of “Brian’s Song” during the movie, too. I recommend that you wait and watch this one on television in about six months, or better yet, go to the library or a movie rental store and get “Brian’s Song.” It will be a better use of your time. There are some great movies coming out next week to spend your money on.
“My All American” opens Friday at AMC Showplace Edwardsville 12.
The Telegraph’s contributing movie critic Mary Cox lives in Wood River and is a member of the St. Louis Film Critics Association, who also occasionally writes about film-related topics, studied film at the University of California, Los Angeles, and worked in L.A. with various directors and industry professionals. She can be reached at email@example.com. Visit Mary’s website at www.mlcwriter.com.