The Last Fall

'The Last Fall'

Reviewed by Joe O'Connell, Fri., March 16, 2012

SXSW Film Reviews

The Last Fall

Emerging Visions
D: Matthew A. Cherry; with Lance Gross, Nicole Beharie, Vanessa Bell Calloway

Professional football is the American dream. Boys grow up lusting for the fame, the glory, the ladies, the cash. But the reality is uglier: Most who do make it to the big dance last only a handful of seasons after earning journeyman pay and banging up their bodies. Director Matthew A. Cherry knocked around the NFL for a few years before turning to filmmaking, first as a production assistant on TV's Girlfriends. His debut feature is a personal one about admitting the dream is over and trying to resuscitate a life. The film would benefit from some editing and sound tweaks, but an almost all African-American cast impresses, particularly lead actor Lance Gross (Tyler Perry's House of Payne) who tries to win back his high school sweetheart and his family. This coming-of-age tale delivers a very human dose of sports reality that could resonate with a wide audience if a distributor snaps it up at SXSW. Here's betting that happens soon.

Wednesday, March 14, 11:30am, Stateside
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