The Replacements (2000)

PG-13   |    |  Comedy, Sport


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During a pro football strike, the owners hire substitute players.


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30 June 2001 | TxMike
"There is no tomorrow for you, and that makes you very dangerous people."
Those are the words of coach (Hackman) before the final regular season game for the "replacement" players, filling in for the striking regulars. The "never-been" QB (Keanu Reeves) must try to lead them to victory.

"The Replacements" is primarily a good screwball comedy, in the vein of, but significantly better than, "Best of Show" and "The Waterboy." Some may even take a "message" away, about the importance of teamwork, belief in oneself, true love (QB and the head cheerleader). But that is all secondary.

I rate this one highly for pure escapism entertainment, but also with good acting by Reeves and Hackman, and some almost-believable football action, heavily interlaced with goofiness. The lap-dancers turned cheerleaders, who totally distract the opposing team. The tag-team vomiting during the huddle, after the Japanese sumo wrestler eats too many eggs before the game ("I gotta beef up!") The cop who, like in the "Waterboy", can get enraged (Coach says, "I want you to get me the ball," and he does.) The Welsh kicker who is "wirr-rrry strong" and smokes a cigarette while kicking. The "I will survive" dance in jail, after the barroom brawl with the 'regulars.'

To make a good screwball comedy, the writer and director have to walk a fine line and here they do it well. John Madden and Pat Summerall, playing announcers, are genuinely funny. The DVD picture, and Dolby Digital 5.1 sound, are up to standards.

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Details

Release Date:

11 August 2000

Language

English, American Sign Language


Country of Origin

USA

Filming Locations

Virginia, USA

Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,039,214 13 August 2000

Gross USA:

$44,737,059

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$50,054,511

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