Lee is a filmmaker who, through talent, accomplishment, and a constant working of the refs in the Hollywood system, has earned autonomy over his films. I'm all for artistic freedom, but here he could have used a bit of oversight.
I saw this film at my local theater and wasn't expecting much as I am not a football fan. Boy, was I pleasantly surprised. Not only did it turn out to be one of the most unexpected, inspirational and emotional films I'd seen in a long time, it actually also became one of my favorite films of ALL TIME. When it won at the Oscars I was so happy and not at all surprised. Also it's a film that I think will satisfy lovers of gritty, pull-no-punches true to life stories while at the same time being appropriate for the whole family. And my wife who hates everything loved it, so there's some high praise for you. I highly, highly recommend it.