Paterno review – Pacino excels in messy retelling of sex abuse scandal

The Oscar winner plays Penn State football coach Joe Paterno in Barry Levinson’s intriguing but cluttered dramatization of his fall from graceFew American sports heroes have fallen from grace as dramatically or as quickly as Joe Paterno did.

On the last Saturday in October 2011, JoePa, as he was affectionately known to everyone on the Penn State University campus in Happy Valley, secured his 409th victory as the coach of the Nittany Lions, making him the winningest coach in college football history.

Six days later, a grand jury indicted his former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky on 40 counts of child sex abuse, a pattern of predatory behavior that spanned at least two decades and included the rape and harassment of boys as young as eight years old.Related: Killing Eve review – dazzling thriller from Fleabag’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge

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