The film centers on Joe Paterno, who after becoming the most successful coach in college football history, is embroiled in Penn State's Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal, challenging his ...
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The film centers on Joe Paterno, who after becoming the most successful coach in college football history, is embroiled in Penn State's Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal, challenging his legacy and forcing him to face questions of institutional failure regarding the victims.
Paterno yes, but the movie couldn't decide where to go from there
I wasn't sure what to expect with this. Focusing on a figure in a scandal that isn't the perpetrator, a witness, and attorney or a victim seemed odd to me. There are so many different players in the Sandusky scandal and the movie attempts to peripherally include some of them, while omitting others. Yet even those included are there solely for background noise. I'm not even sure why they case the female reporter in the movie since her involvement wasn't contemporaneous with Paterno's. But I guess every movie needs a young female heroine.
Acting was excellent, and I feel that that was Levinson's whole purpose for the movie. One last crack at some award for both he and Pacino. But I just didn't feel like I got anywhere. Even the ending seemed like a "oh crap we're out of material, let's throw something outrageous in at the end" moment. Thank goodness this was just an HBO movie and I didn't pay anything at the box office.
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