The Replacements (Snap Case)
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Item Type: DVD Movie
Item Rating: PG13
Street Date: 02/08/05
Wide Screen: yes
Director Cut: no
Special Edition: no
Foreign Film: noSubtitles: no
Full Frame: yes
- 2 Behind-the-scenes Documentaries
Top Customer Reviews
Despite the similar plot lines, The Replacements has enough surprises and character twists to stand alone. The musical score is simply incredible, and does a fantastic job of setting the mood for each scene. I've gotten more miles out of this dvd than many "critically acclaimed" films.
Bottom Line: It's uplifting, hilarious fun that is worth every penny. Anyone who has had a dream will enjoy this one.
All this is merely a mundane excuse for a raucous and silly comedy that has some sidesplitting moments. To enjoy this film you really need two things. You need to love football and you need to enjoy slapstick, banana peel comedy. I realize that this limits the audience considerably, but for those who qualify (and I am one), this movie is a scream.
Director Howard Deutch (Pretty in Pink, Grumpier Old Men) did a great job on the football sequences. He hired 45 professional football players (Former NFL players, Canadian Football League, etc.) to do the football scenes and sent the actors to a three-week football camp. The action looked real because it was real. The players were told to play and hit the way they normally would. Of course, the plays were choreographed, but they were real football plays.
The comedy was lowbrow, outrageous and crass, with a great deal of physical comedy. The cheerleader scenes were a riot, especially the cheerleader tryouts. The scene where they started pantomiming sex acts to distract the opposing team was priceless.Read more ›
Amidst a players strike the Washington Sentinels hire replacement players and coaches to finish the season. With only three more wins the Sentinels can make the playoffs. Enter Gene Hackman. He is the maverick coach that brings in the most unlikely group of players the league has ever seen. In just a few weeks he works his magic and tries to transform this group of losers into a winning team. Hackman is probably to greatest actor on the planet, and he proves why in this movie. He takes an ordinary script with average dialogue and delivers it in such a way to make you feel and believe what he is saying. Keanu Reeves is the "Never Was" quarterback who does his best to lead the team to victory, and along the way falls in love with the head cheerleader. Along the way he has to deal with angry striking players, and a bevy of nuts that have given up their day jobs to play professional football. The group includes an insane S.W.A.T. cop, a felon on work release, a Sumo wrestler, two professional body guards, and the fastest grocery clerk on the planet played brilliantly by Orlando Jones (the 7UP guy).
The action is well paced and the football sequences look real enough to please the avid football fan. Veteran announcers John Madden and Pat Summerall lend their talents to the film and give that added touch of realism. Hackman is the consummate wise old coach, and Reeves gives a passable performance as the struggling quarterback. Even the romantic scenes are well written and evenly placed within the film, but the real star of this movie is the in your face slapstick, side splitting humor peppered throughout the film. From the cheerleader tryouts to the dancing huddle you will be laughing from start to finish.
Corny dialogue. Mediocre acting. Predictable plot. One great movie.
"The Replacements" is a movie about athletes who forget salary caps and product endorsements (although this feature is chock-full of product placement) and remember football.
"The Replacements" is a light comedy, but nevertheless, like "Any Given Sunday," pushes an agenda. It portrays athletes as money-grubbing crybabies more interested in counting their money than playing. It suggests that heart and love of the game are lost in professional football, but the agenda is equally lost in the humor and excitement of the hard-hitting games.
The Washington Sentinels represent the riffraff-composed Washington Redskins who became a darkhorse team during the 1987 National Football League players' strike. Upon the mid-season strike, the NFL coaches scrambled together a bricolage of players to finish out the season.
Less retired and more fired Coach Jimmy McGinty, played by Gene Hackman (from Mississippi Burning), is rehired to coach the Washington Sentinels, a ragtag and bobtail consisting of has-beens and never-were, one being former Ohio State quarterback Shane "Footsteps" Falco, AKA Keanu Reeves.
This jaded group of players met in discord, but with Coach McGinty's tutelage and Falco's lead-by-example bravado, they soon began working as a team, to ultimately compete in their final showdown against Dallas.
Off the field, Falco is making a `pass' at Sentinel head cheerleader Annabelle Farrell, played by Brooke Langton. However, Annabelle, with her "I don't date football players...especially quarterbacks" schtick, makes for a tough opponent.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
You have to love this movie! Nice story line and some very funny scenes.Published 7 days ago by Clifford R. Caldwell
The movie was for my husband and he watches it every chance he gets....Published 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
If you love US Football you will love this movie! It's crazy funny and one of my favorites.Published 24 days ago by Katie Armstrong
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