Aside from two students' external lives and a couple of tiny vignettes, most of the film takes place on the field and has little emotional depth to its characters. Once you see what the show has created and how it handles the game as a metaphorical side piece rather than a center piece, the film is like a bad highlight reel.
2 stars for Explosions in the sky played in the background and that's about it. Pretty terrible movie. Don't let this stop you to check out the awesome series. Coach Taylor owns Coach Gaines in terms of charisma. At least, he doesn't look like he's about to choke when yelling at his team.
Beautiful cinematography, plus it set the general aesthetic for the show (cinema verite camera work, the music, etc). Beyond the composition of the shots, the show is infinitely better. I can almost sense Pete Berg's frustration making this film, thinking "there is SO much story to be done here. Maybe after this I can make it into a show". If the show is the end product, then I've got nothing but love for the film.