Release Year: 2000
Director: Howard Deutch
Writer: Vince McKewin
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Gene Hackman, Brooke Langton, Orlando Jones, Faizon Love, Michael Taliferro, Ace Yonamine, Troy Winbush, David Denman, Jon Favreau, Michael Jace, Rhys Ifans, Art LaFleur, Jack Warden
During a football strike, the team owner decides to hire a replacement team and bring an old coach to secure his team a place in the play-offs.
This fun, down-to-business, predictable sport comedy accomplishes something often not achieved in the subgenre: a real sense of the game in question and good laughs. Hackman (Heartbreakers, 2001) is the classic old-time coach given a tough job: win three out of the next four games to secure a spot in the play-offs using only replacement players. He contacts the once promising quarterback Shane Falco and pulls him out of his obscure existence. Reeves (Point Break, 1991) is quite good as the talent who blow it and now gets a chance to redeem himself. The film has lots of things going on: fun antics of side characters (particularly Rhys Ifans and Jon Favreau), the fighting between the pros on strike and the replacements, leadership and team spirit, alternative cheerleaders, plus a romance thrown in for good measure. There is almost too much happening, but it’s good entertainment. And the game scenes are very good as well. A good and solid sports comedy with lots of charm.
During filming, Keanu Reeves was offered a tryout with the Baltimore Ravens.
Picture Copyright: Warner Bros.