Inspiration comes in all sizes. Freddie Steinmark was a local Wheat Ridge alumni over 40 years ago. Most colleges said Steinmark was “too small” to play football for them. In Colorado, the Steinmark award is presented every year to the best high school student athlete in the state. He was very persistent and always believed he could be an NFL player for the Chicago Bears. A new movie about this local hero “My All-American” based on the book “Freddie Steinmark: Faith, Family, Football” demonstrates all the attributes of a good person not only in football but in life. In this premiere football is not the only thing important to Freddie, so are grades in school, as he had a 4.0 grade point average student.
A general crowd of most people ages 9 and over I think would enjoy this film even though a lot of football games are played throughout this film; even if you’re not a football fan in general, as there is some humor. There are many life lessons to be learned. Younger people than 9 might not understand the story as much. Also a couple of romantic kisses happen throughout the movie as well as mild cursing.
Finn Wittrock as “Freddie Steinmark” played excellent. The actors such as Aaron Eckhart, Sarah Bolger, and Robin Tunney played great.(Eckhart as “coach”, Bolger as Freddie’s girlfriend, and Tunney as Freddie’s mom). The director of this premiere Angelo Pizzo has worked on two other well known sports films before “My All-American” including “Rudy” and “Hoosiers”, and is awesome at directing these sports films.
This movie focused mainly on the positive side of Freddie, but did show that he ended up with cancer. In the final game Freddie was awarded a game ball by his team because he couldn’t play. He did have to get his leg amputated and he died a year and a half later.
How would you respond to being “too small”? Would you accept a Texas University scholarship knowing you weren’t guaranteed a spot on the 100 man roster? These are all the tough challenges Freddie Steinmark had to face in “My All-American”.