The Replacements Reviews
The film has an expected storyline, a sportsmovie as it is. But it is also a very warmhearted story about a bunch of scabs who get a shot in the NFL.
Some of the scenes are very funny, for example the cheerleader auditions and the "I will survive" dance scene. But in overall, "The Replacements" is not that funny. It just doesn't work as a comedy. The drama elements would've worked better for me.
The acting is totally uneven. There's the seious Reeves and the totally freaky Favreau. And everything in between...
The filmmakers couldn't decide between a screwball comedy or a sports drama. As a mix, it doesn't work as I would've wanted it to work. But cheers for the ending though...
"There is no tomorrow for you, and that makes you very dangerous people."
[pause while everybody is in the huddle]
Shane Falco: Pain heals. Chicks dig scars. Glory... lasts forever.
Last night I reviewed Nothing to Lose, while watching it on TV. Tonight The Replacements is on, and I enjoy it for the same reasons. It's nothing special, but its a satisfying movie to watch on TV late night. It's also the movie that no one really says they absolutely love, but many are able to quote random parts or bring it up in conversation at times.
It involves a professional football team going on strike, only to have the owners hire replacement players, headed by a former coach played by Gene Hackman.
The players include Keanu Reeves as a washed up quarterback, John Favreau, Orlando Jones, Fazion Love, and Rhys Ifans among others.
The movie works as an easy going sports flick, with entertaining moments spread throughout. I can't imagine anyone really expecting too much from this movie, but it is still entertaining.
There is also some decent football action, soundtrack, and spur of the moment celebration dances.
Clifford Franklin: [Jimmy's putting stick-um on his hands] Coach, ain't that stuff illegal?
Jimmy McGinty: What are they going to do? Put you in football jail?