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      Varsity Blues

      1999, Comedy/Drama, 1h 44m

      58 Reviews 100,000+ Ratings

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      This is a predictable football movie that lacks intensity. Read critic reviews

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      Movie Info

      In West Canaan, Texas, high school football reigns supreme. When starting quarterback Lance Harbor (Paul Walker) turns up injured, the Coyotes' ruthless coach, Bud Kilmer (Jon Voight), must promote benchwarmer Jonathon "Mox" Moxon (James Van Der Beek) to lead the team in its quest for a divisional title. Suddenly thrown into the spotlight, Mox must deal with the pressure of carrying the aspirations of an entire town on his shoulders, as he struggles to pursue his own very different dreams.

      • Rating: R

      • Genre: Comedy, Drama

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: Brian Robbins

      • Producer: Tova Laiter, Brian Robbins, Michael Tollin

      • Writer: W. Peter Iliff

      • Release Date (Theaters):  original

      • Release Date (Streaming):

      • Box Office (Gross USA): $52.9M

      • Runtime:

      • Distributor: Paramount Pictures

      • Production Co: Paramount Pictures, Marquee Tollin/Robins, MTV Films

      • Sound Mix: Surround, Dolby Digital, DTS

      • Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

      Cast & Crew

      James Van Der Beek
      Jon Voight
      Paul Walker
      Ron Lester
      Scott Caan
      Tiffany C. Love
      Amy Smart
      Eliel Swinton
      Joe Pichler
      Ali Larter
      David Gale
      Van Toffler
      Chuck Cohen
      Ned Bastille
      Jaymes Hinkle
      Keith Donnelly
      Tad Smalley
      Wendy Chuck

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      • Nov 30, 2015

        Basically a cliched 90s football film, but still pretty damn entertaining. But then again, I'm a pretty big football fan, so this probably wouldn't be for everyone.

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      • May 06, 2012

        Voight helps guide this ship and the young cast are surprisingly up to the challenge of being in his presence. The film is a little mixed early on as it flirts with teenage storylines and humour, but it course corrects alter on. The film is better when it deals with the competitive nature of sport in small towns. The final third of this movie is the best part and saves an odd film narrative from being completely overshadowed by teenage humour. The film is strongest when allowing the material to flow, not force the humour. 20/04/2019

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      • Jul 07, 2011

        This movie had instilled tradition of a high school football team where most of its kind comes up one yard short.

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      • Jun 11, 2011

        A Texas high school quarterback defies convention and a hard-line coach as he leads his team to success and raucous teen fun. My favorite sports film of all time is <i>61*</i>, and that's not just because I'm a die-hard Yankees fan. I think my favorite moment in Billy Crystal's film is Roger Maris's response to one of the reporter's questions: the reporter asks him about the heroism of what he accomplished (I wish I could quote verbatim, but I don't have that good a memory), and Maris replies, "I don't think that's something you can earn on a ball field." And because of the attention that film pays to Maris's off-the-field struggles, we understand his point. Essentially, <i>Varsity Blues</i> flirts with the same point. The main character, Mox, considers his goals reaching beyond high school, and the film attempts to satirize/criticize the seriousness with which Texas high school communities take football. The problem is that the film ends up reinforcing everything it criticizes. Everything that you think would happen does, and what we're left with is a crippling contradiction: the goals these people hold so dearly are foolishly short-sighted, but we're still supposed to relish in the moments the characters achieve them. Also, perhaps it's because my high school experience was much like most people's time in prison, but I always find films that portray high schoolers as adults, with the freedoms and problems adults have, to be extraordinarily false. After all, I don't know any town, in Texas or anywhere else, where seventeen- and eighteen-year-olds would be able to drink freely, steal a police car, go to a strip club (where their teacher moonlights [a teacher's pay isn't that bad]), and still face no consequences. Overall, if you like over-drawn cliches and don't mind if a film is thematically contradictory, then enjoy <i>Varsity Blues</i> and the brief but delectable shot of Ali Larter in a whip cream bikini.

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