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Touchback
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Sep 6, 2012 By: Chris Bumbray
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Director:
Don Handfield

Actors:
Brian Presley
Melanie Lynskey
Kurt Russell

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Years after blowing his knee out in the big game, former high school quarterback (Brian Presley) is able to relive the week leading up to his climatic injury. Will he save his once promising career, or will he decide that the simple life he now shares with his wife (Melanie Lynskey) is better than he thought? If you don't know you haven't seen many movies.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
TOUCHBACK is a really familiar film. I've seen this story- in that the former star athlete-turned sad-sack family man, is able to go back in time to win the big game- only to decide that his quiet, humble life is the right one after all- many times before. It's been done to death, in films like MR.DESTINY, 17 AGAIN, and more. Take those films, sprinkle in a little RUDY and IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE, and you've got TOUCHBACK.

Truth be told, it's not that bad. Despite the TV budget, writer-director Don Handfield has made a decent enough movie. It flirts a bit with the evangelical style of movies like COURAGEOUS, in that it's a pretty simplistic morality play- although it never goes down the excessively preachy road those films do, and is certainly better made and acted then them.

Brian Presley, and actor I've never heard of, stars. I couldn't decide whether him and co-star Lynskey (who's great in the recent HELLO, I MUST BE GOING) are too old or too young for their parts- but I think it's really both, as the old-age make-up used to make them middle aged is hilariously bad (especially the job they did on Lynskey), while- being in their thirties, they look about fifteen years too old to be playing their high-school counterparts. That said – they're not bad-each does a capable job in their respective parts.

The real selling point here is Kurt Russell as Presley's high-school coach/father figure. Obviously trying to recapture of bit of the magic from his part in MIRACLE, Russell does good work, although it's probably Presley's movie.
THE EXTRAS
Not much here- other than a commentary by Handfield and Presley, and a featurette. There's also a bonus DVD copy of the film bundled here.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
TOUCHBACK isn't bad- and I was moderately entertained throughout, even if they sappy story is old hat. It's predictable, but for those of you that crave this type of treacly family values entertainment, it's not the worst of it's kind.
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