The Replacements


The Replacements (2000)


Critic Consensus: The cliched characters and obvious outcome make all the fun and excitement amount to nothing.


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The 1987 National Football League players' strike inspired this sports-themed comedy. The Washington Sentinels are one of the strongest teams in pro football -- until contract negotiations break down and the Sentinels go on strike. Determined to play the team's schedule, owner Edward O'Neil (Jack Warden) recruits a ragtag band of scab players, to be headed up and whipped into shape by the retired veteran coach Jimmy McGinty (Gene Hackman). At the top of the recruitment list is quarterback Shane Falco (Keanu Reeves), a promising athlete until a catastrophic defeat in the Sugar Bowl dashed his confidence. Joining Falco on the team are Clifford Franklin (Orlando Jones), a receiver who can't catch the ball; Nigel Gruff (Rhys Ifans), a chain-smoking Welsh soccer player; Bateman (Jon Favreau), a former cop with anger management problems; Fumiko (Ace Yonamine), a sumo wrestler new to football; and Wilkinson (Michael Jace), a convict on parole to the Sentinels. Can McGinty mold his new squad of misfits and no-hopers (who truly love the game) into a winning team? Brooke Langton plays Annabelle, head of the Sentinels' cheerleading squad (who has to contend with replacements of her own), and football commentators John Madden and Pat Summerall appear as themselves. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Keanu Reeves
as Shane Falco
Gene Hackman
as Jimmy McGinty
Brooke Langton
as Annabelle Farrell
Orlando Jones
as Clifford Franklin
Jon Favreau
as Daniel Bateman
Jack Warden
as Edward O'Neil
Rhys Ifans
as Nigel Gruff
Michael Jace
as Earl Wilkinson
Troy Winbush
as Walter Cochran
Faizon Love
as Jamal Jackson
Brett Cullen
as Eddie Martel
Gailard Sartain
as Pilachowski
David Denman
as Brian Murphy
Ace Yonamine
as Jumbo Fumiko
Gregory L. Williams
as Edwards, Dwight
Keith David
as Lindell
Elisa Jacobs
as Red-Haired Cheerleader
Greg Goossen
as Drunk #2
Seymour Horowitz
as Gangster #3
E. Dawn Samuel
as Reporter #2
Cliff McMullen
as Policeman #1
Robyn Peterson
as Mrs. O'Neil
Craig Sechler
as Reporter #3
Zachary I. Young
as Kid in Liquor Store
Robert Shepherd
as Reporter #4
Dylan Sellers
as League Commissioner
Michelle Johnston
as Fumiko's Girl
F. Stephen Schmidt
as Maryland Corrections Officer
Bob Angelo
as Gangster #2
Mark Robert Ellis
as San Diego Coach
Ken Martin
as Sentinal Cheerleader
Elliot Balis
as Sentinal Cheerleader
Andrea Barnes
as Wannabee Cheerleader
Tom Barry
as Mini-mart Customer
Mara Berman
as Wannabee Cheerleader
Michael Brinkman
as Phoenix Head Coach
Al Brown
as Ref #1
Todd Champagne
as Detroit Linebacker
Stella Choe
as Asian Cheerleader
John Clark
as Dallas Linebacker
Carol Caesar
as Wannabee Cheerleader
Laura L. Cottrel
as Sentinal Cheerleader
Michelle Courtney
as Wannabee Cheerleader
Dave Cureton
as Matheson
Amber Dulski
as Sentinal Cheerleader
Marcia Dor Etain
as Wannabee Cheerleader
Leanna Foglia
as Wannabee Cheerleader
Tim Estep
as Sentinal Cheerleader
Jon Garcia
as O'Neil's Assistant
Levis Francis
as Sentinal Cheerleader
Andrea Graham
as Wannabee Cheerleader
Len Greenblatt
as Wannabee Cheerleader
Robert Vique
as Man on the Street #1
Jesper Inglis
as Washington Player
Seanna Zimmerman
as Sentinal Cheerleader
Jaya Kanal
as Wannabee Cheerleader
Milinda A. Jefferson
as Sentinal Cheerleader
Renee Latimore
as Sentinal Cheerleader
Kenward Lee
as Korean Store Owner
Christian Lyon
as Bartender #1
Eric Miller
as Detroit Lineman
Royan Miller
as Wannabee Cheerleader
Paul Morella
as Gangster #1
Russell Marcum
as Wannabee Cheerleader
Pete Ohnegian
as Washington Center
Todd Eric Yeaman
as Washington Offensive Tackle
Rhonda Overby
as Sideline Reporter
Evan Dexter Parke
as Malcolm LaMont
Heather Pedersen
as Wannabee Cheerleader
Michelle Pinkham
as Wannabee Cheerleader
Kevin Reid
as Detroit Quarterback
Mia Reeves
as Wannabee Cheerleader
Emily Roberts
as Sentinal Cheerleader
Gemma Roskam
as Wannabee Cheerleader
Melissa Musotto
as Sentinal Cheerleader
Tyrone Roy
as Detroit Linebacker
Nicole Schiro
as Wannabee Cheerleader
Stephanie Sutch
as Sentinal Cheerleader
Chris Stabile
as Sentinal Cheerleader
Margie Tompros
as Wannabee Cheerleader
Jamie Vane
as Female Reporter
Mary Ann Walsh
as Wannabee Cheerleader
Kel Watrin
as San Diego Quarterback
Justin L. Wilson
as Sentinal Cheerleader
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Critic Reviews for The Replacements

All Critics (108) | Top Critics (32)

This negligible comedy might as well come with a bouncing ball so members of the audience can recite the dialogue along with the actors.

Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 0.5/5

A haphazard film about half as sophisticated as the average beer commercial.

Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 0.5/5 | Full Review…

A field goal, not a touchdown.

Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

The Replacements, as with just about everything else coming out of Hollywood, merely reconfigures the same predictable gross-out jokes, sentimental platitudes, and decorative sex that figure into half the screenplays in circulation.

Jan 1, 2000
Top Critic

Plenty of red meat here but also so much script rot that both ought to be recalled by the FDA.

Jan 1, 2000
USA Today
Top Critic

A soggy comedy.

Jan 1, 2000

Audience Reviews for The Replacements

One of the worst things I have ever had the misfortune of watching. Cliche writing, terrible acting, this movie gets very little right.

Sanjay Rema
Sanjay Rema

Super Reviewer


Not so much a sports movie but rather a sports fantasy fried in buckets of greasy charm. Still watchable but only just.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

I'm not a huge fan of sports movies in general, but this was semi-descent. It's kind of so wacky that you almost can't enjoy it on some level. The cast worked good together and I actually think that it's one of Keanu Reeves best performances.

Conner Rainwater
Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

An interesting sports movie which somehow survives Keanu Reeves. Gene Hackman makes it well worth the time.

John Manard
John Manard

Super Reviewer

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