My youngest and I went to see Friday Night Lights (FNL) a couple of days ago, and I have to eat my words. As a commenter to Sleepless in Midland, when the film crew came to Odessa I said something like “…they didn’t come all this way to make us look good…”, my belief fueld by a) the original, not very flattering book on which the movie was based, and b) the director is the cousin of the books’ author.
I was wrong. They made Odessa, and Odessans, look like Odessans, no better and certainly no worse. (I grew up in Odessa, went to Odessa Permian, and know of which I speak).
The movie is an excellent story of small-town but big-time High School football, and as such could have been about nearly any program, but Permian made an excellent subject with their outstanding winning record and painfully devoted fan base. (Mojo!)
Just go and see it, or see it when it comes out on DVD. You’ll be glad you did.