If you’re looking for a heartwarming story to enjoy this holiday season, American Underdog: The Kurt Warner Story could be right up your alley. Zachary Levi stars in the film as real-life quarterback Warner, who went from stocking shelves at the supermarket to becoming an NFL MVP. The sports drama’s cast also features Anna Paquin, Dennis Quaid, Adam Baldwin, and more.
Ready to check out Warner’s story for yourself? Here’s what to know about where to watch American Underdog, and when the film will be available to stream
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Pride and emotion for Iowans watching ‘American Underdog’ A new biopic about the life and career of Kurt Warner found a home-field advantage in theaters across Iowa this weekend, as moviegoers embraced the extraordinary story of a native son.
“American Underdog: The Kurt Warner Story” opened in theaters for the holidays, and theaters were packed throughout the day on Christmas.
“Most of us knew the story from the groceries and going on to the Super Bowl, but there were a few goosebumps in there,” said Daryl Sable, who saw a matinee in Altoona.
The film more than entertained crowds. It pulled at heartstrings. Some left the theater holding back tears.
“It reminded me a lot of when I saw him when he was playing. He was an amazing player,” said Randy Hartwig, who regularly attended Iowa Barnstormers games. “There were some things in there I didn’t know he had overcome.” “You could just see the people were in [the theater] because he was an Iowa boy,” he said. “They wanted to see him win.”
WHERE TO WATCH AMERICAN UNDERDOG: THE KURT WARNER STORY: For now, the only place to watch American Underdog is in a movie theater. It is not available on streaming. You can find a showtime at a movie theater near you here.
After the movie’s theatrical run, American Underdog should be available to rent or buy on digital on-demand via platforms like Amazon Prime, iTunes, YouTube, Google Play, and more. However, we don’t yet know when that will be.
WHEN WILL AMERICAN UNDERDOG: THE KURT WARNER STORY BE STREAMING? An American Underdog digital release date has not yet been announced, and it’s hard to say when exactly American Underdog will become available on-demand. However, we can guess that the film might be available to rent on premium-on-demand as early as mid-January. This is based on previous Lionsgate 2021 releases like Spiral and Voyagers, which became available to rent on PVOD about three weeks after opening in theaters.
But take this guess with a grain of salt, because Lionsgate hasn’t followed a consistent template for releasing movies during the pandemic.
WILL AMERICAN UNDERDOG: THE KURT WARNER STORY BE ON HBO MAX? No. American Underdog is a Lionsgate movie and not a Warner Bros. movie, and therefore will not be on HBO Max at the same time it is in theaters. In 2021, HBO Max — which is owned by Warner Media — has been releasing Warner Bros. movies like King Richard and Dune on the streaming service at the same time those movies premiered in theaters. Unfortunately, that will not be the case with American Underdog.
IS AMERICAN UNDERDOG: THE KURT WARNER STORY ON NETFLIX? Nope, sorry. American Underdog is not streaming on Netflix and likely will not be streaming on Netflix any time soon.
What Kurt Warner said about ‘American Underdog’ Warner, who appeared in three Super Bowls across 12 NFL seasons, was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2017. Since retiring from the game, he has worked as an analyst the NFL Network.
Warner shared his thoughts on the movie in a Lionsgate news release, according to the Des Moines Register.
“This is the story we wanted to tell — and what I believe will impact audiences,” Warner said in the news release. ”People should be ready to step into new and bigger things, and to not allow their circumstances to define them.”
What Zachary Levi said about playing Kurt Warner Levi told Newsweek he remembered watching Warner lead the Rams to a Super Bowl victory on Jan. 30, 2000. It helped to prepare him for the role.
“I knew Kurt’s story. I saw it in real time when I was a slightly younger man and when he was a slightly younger man,” Levi told Newsweek. “Remembering where I was when I was watching him play that Super Bowl. And now transporting myself into his actual shoes and being him. And then between takes on the sidelines playing catch with Kurt Warner on set, like all of that was crazy weird.”
How audiences are reacting to ‘American Underdog’ “American Underdog” was among the top five highest-grossing films in the nation on its opening weekend, grossing nearly $6 million, according to Boxofficemojo.com.
The one-hour, 52-minute PG film also has a Tomatometer score of 75% and an audience rating of 98% on rottentomatoes.com. The movie also has an IMBD rating of 7.5 out of 10.
American Underdog: Cast, characters, and what to expect? Since the film is an adaptation of Kurt Warner’s life story, almost all characters are based on real-life personalities. American Underdog features the following ensemble cast and characters:
Zachary Levi portrays Kurt Warner Beau Hart portrays Young Kurt Warner Anna Paquin portrays Brenda Warner Dennis Quaid portrays Dick Vermeil Chance Kelly portrays Mike Martz Cindy Hogan portrays Sue Warner Ser’Darius Blain portrays Mike Hudnutt Adam Baldwin portrays Terry Allen Bruce McGill portrays Jim Foster Danny Vinson portrays Larry Hayden Zaller portrays Zack Warner Cora Kate Wilkerson portrays Jesse Jo Warner OJ Keith Simpson portrays Marshall Faulk Nic Harris portrays Ray Lewis American Underdog tries to replicate Kurt Warner’s struggles, including his motivational journey of stocking shelves at a grocery store to making a return to the field. The movie will take a more personal approach to show Warner’s labors to achieve the titles of NFL MVP (two times), Super Bowl champion, and a place at the Hall of Fame.