The Replacements

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If you want to see a lighthearted comedy about a group of wanna-be football players and strippers-turned-cheerleaders, check out The Replacements. There are four games remaining in the professional football season and the players want more money so they go on strike. What? Professional football players needing more money? One of the football players summed it up nicely, “Five million dollars may seem like a lot of money, but insurance on a Porsche is expensive.” In response, Coach McGinty (Gene Hackman) of the Washington Sentinels begins looking for replacement players for his team. The first player he hires is Shane Falco (Keanu Reeves), a guy who was a great college Quarterback until he lost his confidence in a horrible defeat at the Sugar Bowl. With a little more effort Coach McGinty does manage to find a team of players: a great defensive tackle that will tackle anyone – even the players on his own team, a field goal kicker who is a drinker, a chain smoker, and a compulsive gambler. He finds an incredibly fast wide receiver who can’t catch a football and a Sumo wrestler for a lineman. (I kind of like the make-up of the team – I could have been hired as a referee.) Falco and his rag-tag team try to win at any cost. This film doesn’t have a great plot, the acting is borderline, and there are no surprises. However, it’s an uncomplicated, feel-good football movie and I liked it. I give it a B rating.

This movie has been given a PG-13 rating by the MPAA

Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.