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Teaching Kids the Art of Never Giving Up: Our Review of 23 Blast

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Kids tend to give up easily. What am I saying? I tend to give up easily.  So when we were able to view one of the newest films to hit DVD with an emphasis on trying, living, and trying again, I had all the kids sit down with me and the hubby, and we watched.  We were so very inspired.

Like many sports movies, 23 Blast takes a "based-on-actual-events" approach to showing how the underdog can win.  But unlike so many we see, this chooses a very unbelievable (albeit very true) story to recreate.  It's the tale of a boy who loses his sight after an infection and loses his identity and purpose as a result.  It is only after his family, a disabilities coach, his football coach, and some peers rally around him, that he gets the nerve and faith to play high school football -- even without his eyesight!



As a parent, there were times that this film was more than heart-wrenching.  While you realize that you would be very lucky and blessed to have your child survive an illness that threatens life, you also see that blindness is devastating for everyone in a family.  It requires so much change, patience, and grace -- all things that I fall short on, it seems.


Like most films, there are a few stray story lines that add dimension to the lives of the main characters, but this one really seems to keep things tight, and my younger kids were drawn in to over an hour or intense viewing with few wiggles and lots of questions.  It was a great film for all ages.

Note: This film has a PG-13 rating due to scenes with alcohol consumption by minors. You may or may not have talked to your kids about drinking, but it is a brief theme in this film.  As many high school kids indulge, it's always been my view to talk to kids about it rather than ignore it.  Let them know your standards, and allow them to see the consequences (such as in a film like this).  Healthy discussion can go a long ways in building trust with these sensitive topics.

You can learn more about 23 Blast at the official website!  While you're there, enter to win the Grand Prize of 5 23 BLAST DVD’s, an Autographed football from TONY DUNGY, a pizza party for 8-10 guests, and awesome memorabilia from the film! It’s a great opportunity for a small group gathering. You can also find all sorts of conversation starters, discussion guides, and other free resources! You can also check them out on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Wanna Win?  We are also so excited to be able to bless one family with a DVD of this film!  To be entered to win, just use the form below.  You have until February 14th at 11:59 pm EST to get your entries in.


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*Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

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28 comments

  1. I would do a little more research on the movie, but I think I might be able to watch it with my oldest daughter. She's 8 and I'd want to make sure the movie isn't too mature for her. The story sounds great, though.

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  2. I would watch it with my girls
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  3. I would watch the movie with my grandsons

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  4. I'd watch this movie with my 16 yoa son. Thanks.
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  5. I would watch this with my family for our family movie night
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    Merry

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  6. I would watch it with my husband.

    :) Rhea Chladek

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  7. I would more than likely watch it with the whole family.

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  8. omg!!! i so want to watch this amazing movie this will be a great family night movie with the whole family ty for this amazing chance to win this great sounding movie....

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  9. I would watch this movie as a family with my kids and hubby!

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  10. I will watch this with my family. We love inspirational movies.

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  11. I'll watch with my husband for sure. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

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  12. I'd love to watch this movie with my family.
    Thank you!

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  13. There are so few good family movies. This looks like one with good morals.

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  14. I will watch this with the kids in the family.
    heather hgtempaddy@hotmail.com

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  15. id watch this with my oldest grandson and husband

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  16. I would watch it with my daughters. We lived in that town for 4 years and they went to school with some of the extras and one of the actresses was their theater coach.

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  17. Id watch it with my sister and nieces. Thank you for the chance :)

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  18. Id watch it with my sister and nieces. Thank you for the chance :)

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  19. I will watch it with my family--my children and their children.

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  20. I will watch the movie with my family.

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  21. My whole family would enjoy this! I'd watch with my hubby & daughter & son!

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  22. I'd love to watch as a family
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  23. woudl watch it with the kid may be have little foot ball party

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  24. I will watch it with my boyfriend.

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