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Necessary Roughness 1991 PG-13 CC

THE TEXAS STATE ARMADILLOS are fourth down and nowhere-to-go after a corruption scandal nearly ends the football program. Now upstanding coach Ed Gennero (Hector Elizondo) must put together a brand-new team.

Starring:
Scott Bakula, Hector Elizondo
Runtime:
1 hour, 48 minutes

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By D. DUROSE on January 11, 2005
Format: DVD
This movie is awesome!! I never get sick of it. If you've ever played sports or been on sports teams before, you'll really appreciate the humor in this movie.

Coach Riggendorf is hilarious! (especially his halftime speech). The interactions between Coach Riggendorf and Coach Geniero crack me up. They have the funniest bunch of characters on their team (the fictitious Texas State Armadillos) including Andre Krimm (Sinbad), Manu-Manu the Slender, Samurai, Sgt. Wilkerson, McKenzie, the Twins, Paul Blake, Jason Bateman, Featherstone (a.k.a. Stonehands), Popkey, Charlie Banks, Lucy (Kathy Ireland), etc. Rob Schneider is the announcer for the football games in this movie and he is hilarious!! Some of his lines are classic!

Paul Blake (Scott Bakula) plays a former high school football star quarterback who never got the chance to play college football because he had to run the family farm. Coach Riggendorf goes out and recruits Blake to come back from "retirement" and join the team. After some convincing, Blake decides to come back and play quarterback for the Armadillos. They end up having a rough season and lose pretty much every game. The final game of the season arrives and they have to take on the #1 team in the state of Texas. No one expects them to win, but they pull out the improbable victory at the end of the game. This is a hilarious movie that will keep you in stiches throughout!
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Format: VHS Tape
All of the charaters are likeable in their own way. Scott is a great actor who I always enjoy watching. It doesn't quite follow the pattern of other sports films, and I don't agree that it's unrealistic. All they are doing is trying to win, and you will be as pleased as they are when they do.
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Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is an old favorite of mine, when it comes to sports comedies. There is something about the way it all came together for this movie that keeps it from getting "tired" over time.

We've all seen the story of the underdog team of misfit athletes that band together to overcome the odds... but it works in this movie, with this cast, and it works very well. The team doesn't "win it all" this time around. They simply prove themselves to be legitimate against seemingly insurmountable odds, which lends credibility to the film, rather than having it play out like so many other sports movies.

Bakula does a great job playing quarterback Paul Blake. His supporting cast is also excellent. This is a great comedy and I highly recommend it.
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Yes, this movie is a cliche, feel-good movie. Yes, most of the characters are sterotypes and about as developed as a 2x4. Even with this working against the movie, I feel it still works as a movie. I laughed throughout this movie, and I still quote the movie with friends. The interaction between the two coaches is great. Scott Backula does the reluctant hero that he is so good at portraying. The characters are often times over the top, but I feel they only add to the movie. If you like sports movies, feel good movies, or the little winning one, I think you will love this movie.
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Format: DVD
Necessary Roughness came on the heels of the baseball film "Major League" and follows the same script formula of a group of misfits overcoming all odds and winning the big game. Due to NCAA sanctions, the Texas State University Fightin' Armadillos must form a football team from their actual student body, with no scholarships to help, to play their football schedule. With fewer players than most teams, the makeshift team must overcome obstacles that the best teams in the country couldn't deal with. Using a 34 year old quarterback, a female placekicker and a gang of misfits, Ed "Straight Arrow" Genero (Hector Elizondo) must take his team to play the number one Texas Colts.

Scott Bakula plays Paul Blake...once a top recruited high school QB who never played college football is brought into lead the team who must play both offense and defense because they don't have enough players. Sinbad plays Andre, a teacher at the college who also joins the team along with Jarvis (Jason Bateman) and a female kicker named Lucy (Kathy Ireland).

The Armadillos go out and get massacred in every game they play, much to the delight of the Dean (Larry Miller) who is no fan of athletics and wants to see the team fail. At the end of the year they find themsevles having to face their state rivals and #1 ranked Texas Colts...the stereotypical team of bad guys you always find in movies like this. Well you can probably guess who wins the game in the end.

Movies like this never come as a surprise. You always know what's going to happen in the end and the joy is the ride getting there. The team is suitably horrible with wide receivers who can't catch, and lineman who can't block and a coach who grows more frustrated with each practice.
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I saw this movie on some random cable network one day when I was sick in bed. I couldn't stop laughing. The story is of course lame, but it's a comedy so that can be forgiven. Robert Loggia's halftime speech in the final game is halarious. The list of b-list actors will keep you laughing. Go 'dillos!
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