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Discussion Guide: Friday Night Lights

Movie Synopsis

Billy Bob Thornton stars in this stand-up-and-cheer true American story of how one legendary Texas town made hope come alive under the exhilarating glare of Friday Night Lights.

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Discussion Questions

  1. What does Friday Night Lights say about the pressure that parents put on their kids? How does this pressure affect Don Billingsley?

  2. How does the presence of Boobie Miles affect his teammates?

  3. How does Coach Gaines inspire his players? Do you agree with his methods?

  4. What does Friday Night Lights say about the importance of winning?

  5. What is important about Coach Gaines’ definition of “being perfect”?

  6. The Permian Panthers have won the state championship many times before. Why do you think they decided to depict this particular season?

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