Hollywood formulas exist for a reason.
They work, for starters, especially with Rom-Coms. Do we really want the guy and gal to go their separate ways before the credits roll?
Inspirational sports stories blaze a similar path. “12 Mighty Orphans” embraces formula like a running back clutching the ball for dear life. The Depression-era film packs few surprises beyond Luke Wilson’s transformation into a top-tier movie coach.
It’s still an energizing ride despite the flaws that stack up…