Can't we just have football? I'm serious. I know that football players are more prone to detrimental head injuries. You know that football players are more prone to detrimental head injuries. However, can't we just accept that as an occupational hazard for people that get paid millions of dollars to play a game. I don't want to downplay this. I think the NFL needs to do a better job of taking care of it's athletes after their playing days are over, but at the end of the day, football is still football. It doesn't matter how many different rules that you change, it's still going to be extremely dangerous. It doesn't matter how bad it could be for the long term, or short term, health of it's participants, it's never going to seize to exist.
So do we have to put out a movie that focuses only on the negatives of one of the lone things that a majority of Americans can agree on. Who is even going to watch this movie? Certainly not football fans. We don't want to be tricked into thinking about CTE when my team is about to jam it down the other team's throat on 4th and 1. If the fullback has to put his head down and sacrifice a few brain cells for a 1st and Goal I don't want to be thinking about how that could effect him later in life. This would be like creating a porn movie that's made up entirely of director's cuts. No one wants to see a dude's ball banging against a girl's ass just like no one wants a sneak peak into the at-risk brains of professional athletes. Both of those films are aimed at ruining a great thing. Is it too much to ask that all our sports moves feature a complete underdog that somehow prevails in the end and lets us all walk out of the theatre with a smile on our face? With the increasing amount of negativity in this world can't we just enjoy our Sundays without Will Smith telling me that some linebacker is three hits away from not remembering his kid's names. That's like a Sarah McLachlin animal cruelty PSA popping up during a commercial break of 'SuperBad'. It's not going to kill my vibe, but it's definitely going to put a sizable dent in it.
You know why Will Smith has a foreign accent in this movie? Because no one would believe that any real American would speak out against a league that makes you forget, at least for the time being, that every Sunday in the Fall and Winter are followed by a Monday . "You're trying to go to war with a corporation that owns a day of the week" couldn't be anymore spot on. It also compares favorably to this movie whose plot goes to war with a vast majority of it's potential consumers. The fact this is based on a true story and drops right before the NFL postseason just makes me hate this movie, that I refuse to watch, even more. Hey Will Smith, how about you put aside this script and go focus on things that are even more detrimental to society, like your dickhead children.