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Friday, June 10, 2011

Review: Field of Vision Presented by P&G and Walmart Family Movie Night

June 11 on NBC at 8pm ET/7pm CT
Field Of Vision
Through mysterious footage captured on an old malfunctioning video camera, Sinclair High School’s star quarterback, Tyler McFarland, learns that some of his teammates have been bullying Cory Walker, a troubled new transfer student. Aware that sharing this information with the coach might get his friends kicked off the team and ultimately cost the school the state championship, Tyler must choose what’s more important: winning or doing what’s right.

As these events unfold, the camera also reveals more surprising footage to Tyler’s kid sister Lucy… She learns that Cory has a secret past, unknown even to him. Now Lucy must convince her mom (Faith Ford, Murphy Brown) and family that the camera’s revealing insight is not a product of her imagination as she enlists their help to find the answers Cory so desperately needs. It’s a compelling and intriguing story that shows both the challenges and rewards of doing the right thing even when it’s tough to do.

In a world where sex and violence seems to rule the big screen and the small screen, it's not too often that we get the opportunity to see movies that send a message and leave you with a good feeling. This movie has that and more.

I finally got a chance to watch the movie last night and I was pleasantly surprised. This isn't your ordinary after school special from when I was a kid. NBC found a movie that appeals to everyone, boys, girls, men, and women. The movie also found a way to blend real-life conflicts with fantasy and of course, my favorite element, football.

The movie is about a boy named Cory who loses his mother and moves to a new town and starts a new school. His life quickly gets intertwined with the other main characters, the McFarlands. Tyler McFarland is the quarterback for the high school football team that is on its way to play for the championship and his sister, Lucy, is caught up in a fantasy world from her books and a newfound video camera that has a mind of its own. With help from Tyler, Lucy, and their mom, school counselor Jody, Cory has lots of help finding himself and answers about his family. Along the way, this movie finds a way to also touch on the issue of bullying and how it's a serious problem in schools. All of these elements come together to make this a movie the whole family will enjoy!

Cast Bios
Jody McFarland
Played by Faith Ford
Jody is the kind and considerate mom of Tyler and Lucy who works as a counselor at the high school. Jody is immediately intrigued by Cory, and concerned about his adjustment to a new school. She gives him a backpack and makes it her mission to reunite him with his long-lost
Tyler McFarland
Played by Tony Oller
17 years old, athletic, popular, and confident, he's the Brad Pitt of his high school. Everything in his life is going his way. As captain of the football team, as well as team quarterback, he's a local town hero, about to lead the school to the state championships for the first time in 20 years. However, his view of the world is turned on its side when he discovers that his friends and teammates, Nick and Alex, are bullying and tormenting the new kid in school, Cory. Torn between his loyalty to his friends, his notions of right and wrong, and his responsibility as team captain, Tyler makes the tough decision to share this information about Nick and Alex with the coach, even though it means his best players may get benched, risking the team's shot at the championship
Lucy McFarland
Played Alyssa Jordan Shafer
Lucy is Tyler’s insightful little sister, whom he's nicknamed "Moonbeam." A bookworm, she always has her head in a story, and her latest favorite is "Treasure Island." Lucy rides her bike to and from school, and has difficulty making friends; she's got a terrific imagination and believes the characters in her books are her friends. While poking around the Nearly New Junk Store, she's given a seemingly useless video camera by the proprietor. The camera magically turns on and off of its own free will, and occasionally shows Lucy scenes of the past and future, as well as mysterious scenes of a man, woman, child and horse. Lucy and Cory bond over their shared love of books, and it slowly becomes clear that the visions in Lucy's camera relate to Cory.

Kenny McFarland
Played by Phillip Casnoff
Kenny is the affable and hard working father of Tyler and Lucy who is thrilled about his son's football prospects and loves going through Tyler's college recruitment letters. Shortly after his son leads the high school to victory in an important game, Kenny is promoted at work, and he couldn't be happier about his life until Tyler benches his teammates as punishment for bullying. Suddenly Kenny's hopes for his son seem dashed.
Cory Walker
Played by Joe Adler
Cory is a somewhat defensive foster kid who was transferred against his will to a new school, and he's anxious about his first day among new classmates. A smart, well-read student, he answers a question in English class moments after arriving -- a decision that earns him the resentment of Nick and Alex. He also unintentionally shows them up at football practice, garnering the Coach's respect but further angering Tyler's friends. Cory is a kid who desperately misses his late mother, and seems to have given up on his dreams. When he is tormented in the locker room, and his prized possessions are stolen, he gives up on football, as well. With help from Tyler's mom (the school counselor), as well as from Lucy (Tyler's sister who shares Cory's love of books), Cory learns to use his imagination again, and magically locates his long-lost father.

"I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Dad Central Consulting on behalf of P&G and received a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.”

The opinions of this movie are solely mine and opinions may vary to my own.


Tamara B. said...

So excited to see this movie!

MANDY83 said...

This movie looks really good!

pmernick said...

I saw a preview on TV for this movie and thought it would be a great family film. I would love to watch it as a family with my teenagers.
PMNSL95 at triad dot rr dot com

Crystal said...

Sounds interesting! I missed it last night, but maybe it will be on again!

Aileen said...

I'm a sucker for these feel good movies!
arobimom at gmail dot com

FibroMommy said...

I will def have to look this up for a late night watch. Im hoping it will be available on hulu!!! Sounds very interesting and something my teen daughter and I could watch together and later discuss. As anyone with teens knows, anytime you can find a topic to talk about, take it!!!!

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