June 6, 2011
TV: "FIELD OF VISION"--NBC JUNE 11, 8PM(EST)
"Field of Vision" is the 6th in the Family Movie Night films initiative, sponsored by P & G and Walmart.
Lucy, a young book-o-phile, is given a magical "old" videocamera that shows her the future (and makes ME feel old. Another scene to make me feel ancient: a dusty "old" 1992 high school yearbook). Lucy's brother, Tyler, is a star quarterback at the local high school, and also a righteous dude who sticks up for Corey, a newcomer, book-o-phile, football player and foster system teen. (We don't see this too often: the experience of the foster teen!)
Bullying is the theme of "Field." Tyler's teammates won't leave Corey alone, and Tyler must choose whether or not to rectify the situation at a crucial time in football season. Faith Ford plays Lucy and Tyler's Mom, and she also happens to be the high school principal.
"Field" plays out like a Hallmark special, and follows a similar pattern as "Truth Be Told," http://hellburns.blogspot.com/2011/04/tv-truth-be-told.html another Family Movie from P & G/Walmart.
Families are loving and reasonable, the dialogue sometimes obvious and pedestrian, the pace: very slow. If the cuts had been quicker, the banter sharper, and the humor multiplied, "Field" could have been more of a touchdown!
I'm not sure teens would buy some of the words/actions of the teens in "Field," but younger kids would learn lessons of how to be/not be a teen!
The bonding and fraternizing of Lucy and Corey over their love of books is a bit of a stretch as well. But all in all, it's good to have wholesome stories the whole family can watch together without trepidation.