|USA||2016||60||Sport . Documentary|
Last Chance Ufollows a group of young men training to become the future stars of the NFL. Based at East Mississippi Community College (EMCC), Last Chance U takes us on a journey to understand the real men of the gridiron at one of the most successful, but least known athletic programs. Each player has incredible talent and drive to be the best, but each face their own unique struggles both on and off the field. As their season takes an unexpected turn, the methods of this unconventional team are deeply called into question. With much to lose, they are constantly reminded of the stakes.
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While it’s easy to root for these young men, Last Chance U is hardly sentimental about why they’re in such a precarious position.The A.V. Club Full Review
It’s a story at once familiar and unique, and most captivating in its portrait of amateur athletic life as a series of constant challenges--in and out of pads--and a gauntlet of ever-present uncertainties.The Daily Beast Full Review
Director Greg Whiteley emphasizing moments of gridiron glory at the expense of diving deeper into the psychology of the athletes. And though that feels like a missed opportunity, it can’t be said that he doesn’t know his audience. For those with a love of the game, this peek inside a premier small college program is a stimulating, singular all-access pass.Boston Globe Full Review
How do you balance the game that you’ve played and loved since a child with the obligation to become an adult? That’s the question that hums through Last Chance U, and the show is cleverly structured in the way that it devotes the final act of at least the two episodes I’ve seen to that week’s game.RogerEbert.com Full Review
Whitely succeeds in the basic goal of Last Chance U, which is to make you care about the success or failure of a JUCO football team in Mississippi. ... Maybe the next four episodes will offer more Scooba, more variations on the redemptive "last chance" theme and perhaps an introduction to a jock willing and able to read "The Most Dangerous Game."The Hollywood Reporter Full Review