Themes include empathy, perseverance, teamwork. Like most sports movies, emphasizes people from different backgrounds learning to work together toward a common goal, whether on the field or personally. Reinforces idea that individuals can contribute to an effort bigger than themselves, that people shouldn't underestimate others because of humble origins or circumstances.
Positive Role Models & Representations
Hardy shows up at the orphanage covered in blood. The boys are hurt (sometimes repeatedly) if they disobey orders. The boys get into fistfights, pushing one another. A boy is purposely hurt and sustains a compound fracture. A mother repeatedly slaps her son at the orphanage when he doesn't want to go home with her. Peeping Tom incident.
Innuendo about masturbation ("son, if you don't stop shucking your corn, your cob is going to fall off"), overt comments about women's bodies ("here comes mama," "she has a nice rack"). A married couple hugs and kisses, as does an engaged couple.
Cursing includes one use of "f--k" as well as "s--t," "ass," "bastard," "trash," "son of a bitch," "damn," "dumb," "fat ass," "god-dang," "dirty," "stuttering Sasquatch," etc.
Ease of Play
Doc drinks a lot and is publicly called a drunk. Characters smoke cigars and cigarillos.