Why From the Rough is one of the great family movies
Today, the film industry has skewed its content in four different directions, largely because of its target audience segments:
- Edgy content that markets itself as “realistic,” because it focuses on sexual, violent, and conflict-ridden themes that appeals to adults;
- Films with heavy special effects based on comic book heroes or other fantasy sources, with a heavy focus on sequels, prequels, and remakes of films that spawn a whole range of ancillary products and services, particularly appealing to15-25 year old filmgoers;
- “Family” films that are G rated and, more often than not, animations; and
- More classic films that appear on TV or on ancillary media that are designed to draw in older audiences.
There is almost no content that provides inspirational, intelligent storytelling about real everyday heroes that can appeal simultaneously to adults, teenagers and college students, and young people from 8 to 15 years old. There are a handful of films released each year in this category. Family Films like The Blind Side, Remember the Titans, Miracle, Glory Road, Mr. Holland’s Opus, and Dangerous Minds just do not get produced and screened in theaters.
From the Rough is based on the true story of an everyday hero or heroine that overcame prejudice, severe resource limitations and disadvantages, to succeed. She found undervalued and overlooked talent to achieve extraordinary and unexpected results.
How You Can Use From the Rough
From the Rough is a great film for parents to watch with children and grandparents at home, for film discussion groups to see together and discuss, and for people with a shared interest in bringing more family-friendly entertainment into a community library program to screen at a library.