Amid all of the hustle and bustle of the season, it’s hard to slow down. But since the holidays are all about spending time with your family, this Friday night take an evening to sit back with the family and enjoy Family Movie Night, presented by NBC, Walmart and P&G.
About the movie:
When industrious high school gamer Zach Taylor lands a prized scholarship to the prestigious Digital Institute of Game Design (DIGD), his future breaks wide open. The opportunity to study under gaming legend Marcus Bentton and alongside the country’s most creative minds will certainly propel him into a successful career as a video game designer. That is, if he can pass the infamous freshman project that eliminates more than half of the class within the first three months.
Paired with brilliant yet socially awkward teammates Phillip and Donald, the trio persuades Sara Ramirez – a determined and striking team leader with whom Zach has a history (and possibly a future) – to join their team. Working off-campus in the teched-out Lincoln Alley loft, the four set out to involve the entire campus in a quirky new social interactive game. But as the group becomes entrenched in the project, Zach learns that his father Billy, a widower, is facing growing financial woes at home. To help out, Zach accepts an opportunity to work directly with Marcus Bentton on a secretive side project that seems too good to be true. The effort requires nearly all of Zach’s time and energy, which he should be devoting to the project. Struggling to keep it together, Zach is torn between his responsibility to his team, his admiration for Bentton and a chance to help his father.
Everything comes to a breaking point when Zach’s team threatens to remove him from the group and the deceptive truth behind Bentton’s project comes to light. With the guidance of Professor Abbie Lambert, Zach must make a decision that not only affects his future, but the lives and livelihoods of the people around him as well. It’s a revealing story that recognizes the magnitude behind the choices we make and the importance loyalty plays in making good decisions.
I have written about previous Family Movie Nights including Who is Simon Miller and Game Time: Tackling The Past, so I was excited to check out the newest installment in this great series. One of the things I like about the Family Movie Night series is that not only are the movies completely appropriate to watch with the whole family, they also include an important underling message – Game of Your Life was no exception. In Game of Your Life, Zach is faced with a choice, and while he falters at first, in the end he makes the right decision to stick by his friends and not give up his integrity.
Of the three movies I have had to a chance to review for Family Movie Night thus far, I didn’t enjoy Game of Your Life as much as its predecessors. But as I mentioned before the combination of a positive underlying message and a movie the whole family can watch is still a powerful combination. If it gets the family to sit down to do something together this holiday season, I am all for it.
Check out the trailer:
Disclosure – I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of P&G and received a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.