Throughout All The Right moves, Steffen Djordjevic, a cornerback on a football team out of Ampipe PA is faced with obstacle after obstacle in his quest to get away from his hometown, and make something with his life. He is a B student that his only chance of getting out of his small town, is going to college. With academic scholarships not an option, and his parents not being able to afford college for him, Stef turns to football as his way out of Ampipe. The Movie was released in 1983, and showed the hardships that go along with playing football in such a small town, where football is such a big part of the town’s weekly lives.
Even though the movie mostly takes place after the big game happened, you can still feel the anxiety and pressure that the game put on this group of young athletes. The scene that stood out to me was when Stef was talking to Coach Nickerson after the game and the coach blames the loss on other people rather then taking the blame upon himself. He says, “A fluke? That pass interference penalty was no fluke. If you had done it the way I taught you, they never would’ve scored, and we would’ve won that game. You’re just as responsible as he is.” This is after Nickerson had blamed the person for fumbling the ball. He is also blacklisted because of his participation in the desecration of Cooch Nickerson’s yard.
Stef isn’t the only player on the team that goes through hardships that could be psychologically damaging to a young person. Many people on the team are faced with the coach blaming them for some part of the loss, and others are forced to make decisions that could change their lives forever. One player has to make the decision to marry his pregnant girlfriend, and give up any hopes of getting out of their small town. Others are faced with charges of armed robbery, and have to admit that they made a mistake and live with the consequences.
At the end of the movie, Stef is reunited with his former coach. He was so frustrated and angered...