Are you ready for some football? 9 movies to get you in the mood for Friday night lights

Are you ready for some football?

High school football is just beginning here in Central Florida but with some minor changes and tweaks due to the COVID-19.

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Some movies perfectly capture the essence of attending a fall football game under those Friday night lights. Whether they be about football or the cheerleaders or the bands that provide great halftime entertainment, here are our 9 picks for movies that will get you ready for Friday night football with pieces of trivia courtesy of IMDb.

1. Remember the Titans (2000)

Did you know? The original script was full of profanity but Disney, in an effort to produce a good family film, asked Jerry Bruckheimer to remove all extreme profanity from the script.

2. Friday Night Lights (2004)

Did you know? At the end of the movie, where Permian is trying to score right before the last play, Director Peter Berg can be seen jumping up and down in the stands.

3. When the Game Stands Tall (2014)

Did you know? During one team practice, Jim Caviezel wears a Detroit Lions hat. At the time of filming, Caviezel’s brother-in-law, Scott Linehan, was the Lions' offensive coordinator.

4. Varsity Blues (1999)

Did you know? Paul Walker broke his leg during filming.

5. Gridiron Gang (2006)

Did you know? After 20 years at Camp Kilpatrick, the football program featured in the film ended in 2014.

6. Invincible (2006)

Did you know? Greg Kinnear researched his role by spending time with Dick Vermeil during his final year as the head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs.

7. Bring it On (2000)

Did you know? Kirsten Dunst and Gabrielle Union were both cheerleaders in school.

8. The Blind Side (2009)

Did you know? Julia Roberts was offered the role of Leigh Anne Tuohy before Sandra Bullock, who turned it down three times because of her concerns about playing the part of a devout Christian.

9. Drumline (2002)

Did you know? While Morris Brown is a real college in Atlanta, there is no real Atlanta A&T. The filming was done at Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta and at Morris Brown.

Adam Poulisse, WFTV.com

Adam Poulisse joined WFTV in November 2019.

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