STREAMING REVIEW: Safety goes a predictable route, but has incredible heart

In a year marked by so much discomfort and confusion, sometimes the familiar is absolutely necessary.

It may not be tremendous or classic filmmaking, but football/family drama Safety is about as comfortable, heart-warming and fun as it gets.

Disney+ is quickly making a name for itself by creating popcorn entertainment that can please those young and old, and while Remember The Titans this is not, there are more than a few lessons being taught here.

This story of Ray McElrathbey, a freshman football player on a scholarship with Clemson University, will uplift you beyond belief. When his mother goes to rehab, the ambitious athlete and student must raise his younger brother on campus and try to balance it all.

When his indiscretion is realized, the community and his teammates rally around him, to the chagrin of the NCAA, who see Ray’s benefits from the school and his peers as skirting their rules.

Director Reginald Hudlin has deftly balanced comedy and drama to give us a well-wrought feature, and star Jay Reeves makes it look easy. He has charisma, charm and depth to spare, and is going places for sure.

Supporting turns from veterans James Badge Dale – a favourite of mine -, Matthew Glave, and a host of fantastic young stars makes this worth it.

This movie was a joy to watch, and is a perfect family flick for the Christmas season.

3.5/5 Stars

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