GREATER: Film Encourages Moving beyond Limits with Faith


greaterOpening in theaters nationwide on August 26, the awesome movie GREATER is far more than a football movie. While the backdrop is drenched in Arkansas Razorbacks lore, the message of this film is one you’ll want to share with your entire family. Even this die hard Notre Dame Fighting Irish fan couldn’t resist the story of Brian Bullsworth’s amazing faith, determination, and spirit.


Brandon Burlsworth is perhaps the greatest walk-on in the history of college football. Brandon dreamed of playing for the Arkansas Razorbacks, but was told he wasn’t good enough to play Division I ball. Undeterred, Brandon took a risk and walked on in 1994. Written off by fellow teammates and coaches, Brandon displayed dogged determination in the face of staggering odds. The awkward kid who once was an embarrassment to his teammates and an annoyance to his coaches, ended up becoming the most respected player in the history of the program, changing the lives of all he touched.

My Endorsement:

If you ever dreamed of a grand destiny but doubted yourself, GREATER will convince you that with effort, faith, and a belief in God’s will for your life you can achieve beyond the limits of your dreams. Brandon Bullsworth’s “Yes” and his commitment to God’s grace is infectious. Fast-paced, fun and filled with emotion, GREATER is a film for dreamers, for doers and for those destined to be GREATER in their own way.

Chris Severio starts as Brian Bullsworth in GREATER

Chris Severio starts as Brian Bullsworth in GREATER. Image courtesy of Hammand Entertainment, used with permission

With the start of a new school year and a fresh chance to jump into academics, athletics and activities, GREATER’s release provides a great chance for a family outing followed by a conversation about the role that faith can and should have in what we all strive to achieve in this life. Kids will relate well to Brian Bullworth’s (Chris Severio) struggles to move beyond what others thought was possible for his life. The skeptics among us will relate to Brian’s brother Marty Bullsworth (Neal McDonough) and his struggle to accept the unacceptable. And of course we moms will perhaps see a bit of Barbara Bullsworth (Leslie Easterbrook) in ourselves as we witness her desire to give her all for her family despite the many challenges she faces in her own corner of the world.

Rated PG for thematic elements, some language and smoking, this is a film that is definitely acceptable for older children and teens. Spoiler alert: Brian’s story is emotional, and this may impact some younger children.

To learn more about the film or grab tickets for this weekend’s opening in theaters visit

Copyright 2016 Lisa M. Hendey

Images Courtesy of Hammond Entertainment LLC, Used with permission


About Author

Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

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