I think the word Hysteria should go hand in hand with the events surrounding Penn State University and Jerry Sandusky. The ‘blame’ game is alive and well and legendary Penn State coach Paterno was a likely candidate to get the axe from ‘up above’. A subdued Al Pacino performs as Joe Paterno, who the besotted students call ‘Joe-Pa’ throughout the production. The film shows Paterno rather perplexed about all the accusations, he reminds everyone often that he was only working on football matters. But as pedophilia touches America's pastime, football, there was bound to be some tremendous fireworks.
The film alludes to the possibility that Mr. Paterno may have known, about the molestations more than he's letting on. But it’s quite clear that Mr. Paterno isn’t experienced in lust or any of its byproducts, namely sexual relations with boys. So the old sayings are sometimes apropos 'out of sight, out of mind.' That being said, the film itself is mostly Joe at home with his two dotting sons, wife and daughter often going over how to approach the dreaded ‘media’, which are the usual hound dogs of such matters. Sex is controversial especially pedophilia and media outfits the nation over are here to record it all.
It seems that Joe probably had to renew his ‘feelings’ about Jerry Sandusky… they were quite a close pair for sure, and 'Joe-Pa' after the fact would have to jump cut his emotions into something less friendly towards his fallen buddy. Fact is Sandusky is hardly in the film, his naked showers and liaisons with 10 year old boys, nipped not in the bud had been occurring before or since the 1970’s.
7.2 Out Of 10
In the film Sandusky is often described as someone who nobody at Penn State would or could face about these molestations. In the end Paterno doesn’t register as anything more than a bystander to these illegal events. Sandusky tried and convicted of a lengthy sentence.
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