Family Movie Night: Field of Vision, 6/11 at 8 PM EST on NBC

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P & G and Walmart are bringing us another Family Movie Night, this Saturday at 8 PM ET on NBC. The movie, Field of Vision, explores the struggle of a young football player, Tyler, who finds out something about his teammates that could jeopardize their status as players and lose the state championship. He must decide what’s more important, winning or doing what’s right.

I was lucky enough to see a preview of this movie and I loved it!  I noticed an overall characteristic, that it appealed to people of all ages.  In addition to the storyline, every element of the movie appealed to a broad base.  The first thing I noticed was the music, great soundtrack with specific songs that would appeal to teens and songs that would appeal to adults.  Even the volume, as Tyler drove in his truck, music was at teen-level.

A pleasant surprise was the complexity of the story and the characters for a tv movie.  There were several major story lines going on around the main one.  As Tyler struggles with his choice of whether to tell the coach that his teammates are bullying another student, his sister and mother are going through their own struggles.  The character development was multi-dimensional, Tyler’s sister was not only a daughter and sister, but developed also as a friend.

The casting was excellent and I thought all the acting was strong.  Faith Ford, (Murphy Brown, Hope & Faith, Prom) plays the role of Jody McFarland, the mother of star athlete Tyler, is a kind and encouraging individual who works tirelessly as the high school’s guidance counselor.  She was my favorite character, but the actor that played Corey (the student being bullied) was also very strong.  He played the character with a subtlety that is sometimes missing in tv movies.

The only disappointment for me in the film, was I thought the product placement was heavy-handed.  Perhaps I was overly sensitive to it, I once worked in an environment where product placement was a frequent topic.

There were many “teachable moments” in the film and it is perfect for a Family Movie Night to generate discussion of important topics.  At the same time, those teachable moments weren’t so strong that they negatively impacted the entertainment value.  I thought it was a perfect example of a film meeting the goals of Family Movie Night.

The mission of Family Movie Night includes:

  • Great quality movies
  • Good for the whole family
  • Teachable moments
  • Even family friendly commercials!

Walmart and P&G have partnered to create the Family Moments initiative to help moms and families better connect with each other. Family Movie Night is a part of that movement to provide meaningful entertainment for the entire family.

During Family Movie Night, you can be confident that the programming on their screens will be fun and action-packed, without the worry of having to dive for the remote to change the channel when inappropriate ads or other content comes on. Soundtracks for the films also feature top producers and artists.

By providing this block of time, Walmart and P&G are striving to reconnect families across the country that are bombarded by busy schedules and the lack of programming that’s appealing to everyone. Tune in and see what the buzz is about.

For more info about the cast and story of Field of Vision, visit the Family Movie Night website and facebook page.

Gather your family, pop some popcorn, and tune in for the premier of Field of Vision tomorrow night, Saturday, June 11th at 8PM EST / 7 PM Central on NBC.  I loved it and I think your family will too!


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.

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