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American Underdog

also known as “American Underdog: The Kurt Warner Story,” “Американский неудачник”
MPA Rating: PG-Rating (MPA) for some language and thematic elements.
Moral Rating:
Moviemaking Quality:
Primary Audience: • Adults • Young-Adults • Teens
Genre: Biography Sports Drama
Length: 1 hr. 52 min.
Year of Release: 2021
USA Release: December 25, 2021
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An undrafted player who ascended to winning Super Bowl XXXIV

Kurt Warner and wife Brenda are reportedly devout Christians.

American National Football League (NFL) player


Featuring Zachary LeviKurt Warner
Anna PaquinBrenda Meoni
Dennis QuaidDick Vermeil, St. Louis Rams head coach
Bruce McGillJim Foster
Adam BaldwinCoach Allen
Hayden Zaller … Zack
Chance Kelly … Mike Martz
Simeon Castille … Isaac Bruce
Ser'Darius Blain … Mike Hudnutt
Cindy Hogan … Sue Warner
Nicholas Harris … Ray Lewis
Steven Chester Prince … Gene Warner
Dean Denton … David Gillis
Kevin Downes … John Ramsdell
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Director Andrew Erwin and Jon Erwin — “Woodlawn,” “October Baby,” “Moms' Night Out” and “I Can Only Imagine
Producer Kingdom Story Company
City on a Hill Productions
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Distributor: Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. Trademark logo.
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Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “AMERICAN UNDERDOG tells the inspirational true story of Kurt Warner (Zachary Levi), who went from a stockboy at a grocery store to a two-time NFL MVP, Super Bowl champion, and Hall of Fame quarterback. The film centers on Warner's unique story and years of challenges and setbacks that could have derailed his aspirations to become an NFL player - but just when his dreams seemed all but out of reach, it is only with the support of his wife, Brenda (Anna Paquin) and the encouragement of his family, coaches, and teammates that Warner perseveres and finds the strength to show the world the champion that he already is.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION: Kurt’s career is regarded as one of the greatest stories in NFL history. Kurt and wife Brenda are reportedly devout Christians.

Warner has devoted time and money to his First Things First Foundation, the name of which was derived from his interview after winning the Super Bowl in 1999 (“Well, first things first, I’ve got to thank my Lord and Savior up above — thank you, Jesus!”). The foundation is dedicated to impacting lives by promoting Christian values, sharing experiences and providing opportunities to encourage everyone that all things are possible when people seek to put ‘first things first.’ The foundation has been involved with numerous projects for causes such as children's hospitals, people with developmental disabilities and assisting single parents.”

Viewer CommentsSend your comments
Positive—Good story about Kurt Warner’s life from playing arena football to the winning a Superbowl. They call this an inspirational story, however, the movie doesn’t really focus on Kurt Warner’s faith too much. It opens with his character in a bar, and I think the moviemakers tried really hard to not make this too much about Warner’s faith and more about just his story.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 4
Wayne Chavez, age 66 (USA)

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