“Hoosiers” (1986) was an example of how a formulaic underdog story, loosely based on a true story, can still be a winner. From the opening sequences, showing the fertile Midwestern farmland, right down to Jimmy Chitwood’s winning shot, “Hoosiers” satisfies. “Gibsonburg” shows how difficult making such a satisfying story can be. It is also a formulaic underdog story, loosely based on a true story, but in most other ways, it in contrast to “Hoosiers”. The acting is subpar, the dialogue is awful and the filming seems to reflect the fact that this film had a very small budget. It’s one thing to use shadows to create contrast, but much of this film had me wishing someone would pay the electric bill. Part of the problem may be that the film is based on a novel, which was loosely based on a true story. This makes it difficult to know what’s real and what’s not, and may have contributed to the inauthentic dialogue. Also, the real-life coach has said that the film’s portrayal of some of the endings of the games is inaccurate. Some license is to be expected, but some of these changes crossed the line into hokey territory. The story of Gibsonburg High School’s state championship run is a great story, but this film, despite a lot of sincerity, is not a good telling of it.