No intermission, either, so it dragged a bit. The bar is set too low in this context for men for being a father. All or Nothing Bring It On: Sure, he would've gone to college and played football. What is fascinating about the Douglas character, as written and played, is the core of sadness in his soul.
I could describe my experience watching this film but my big issue with it is this:
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One of them kept saying, "I hate Troy. Wait, there was more? I never thought he was a bad father. Now I want to read August Wilson's other plays. It's just as a black man who had dreams that did not come true through no fault of racism, I can sympathize with anyone of any race whose families have to deal with that kind of fallout. Denzel's character reminded me on my great uncles, grandpa, and other older black men in my family who lived in that era where the burdens of race, hatred, and poverty weighed down on them.