Friday Night Lights
is a film first released in 2004. It was a financial and critical success, and begat Friday Night Lights
: The Series in 2006. Based of the book Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, a Dream
, set in Odessa, Texas, it chronicals the local high school football team the Panthers. It shows just how important the team is, for both good and ill. For instance town shuts down every Friday when everyone goes to the stadium to watch the Panther's play.Needs a Better Description
Provides Examples Of:
- Abusive Parents: Donnie's father, a washed up ex-star, violently assaults his son on at least two occasions and resent him for not being as good a player as he once was.
- Alliterative Name: Coach Gary Gaines.
- Best Years of Your Life: Adults are quick to remind the players that their current success is the most they will ever have. Summed by one saying: "After high school, it's just babies and memories". However the idea that their current moments are the best they'll have and all that awaits them is nostalgia and bitterness terrifies all of them deeply.
- Bittersweet Ending: The Panthers lose in the state finals. However... a caption at the end of the film reveals that in 1989 - one year after the film's events take place - Permian does go all the way and win the state championship.
- Dawson Casting: Almost all the football players were played by actors in their twenties. Derek Luke, who plays Boobie Miles, was thirty.
- Everything Is Big in Texas: Especially fanaticism over high school football. It's not uncommon for small towns to almost completely shut down on Friday nights in the fall.
- Genre Deconstruction
- Jaded Washout: Donnie's father Charlie. Once a star player, he is now a violent alcoholic angry at life and himself for not living up to his potential, taking his self-hatred out on his son.
- Manly Tears: Absolutely and subverted. When Boobie breaks down to his uncle, it is full on weeping with nothing even resembling stoicism.
- Serious Business: Deconstructed with Football. The extreme passion people in the town have for the sport is implied to make things worse for the team as it is their burden to make the town proud and most of them are fighting enough of their own battles without the pressure of a town's failed dreams on their backs.