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This irreverent and hilarious look into the world of professional sports has Paul Newman as the coach of the Chiefs, a struggling minor-league hockey team. To build up attendance at their games, management signs up the Hanson Brothers, three hard-charging players whose job is to demolish the opposition. Slap Shot's outrageous comedy, hard-hitting action, memorable lines and unforgettable characters have made this classic one of the all-time best sports movies ever!
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Not only is it _not_ the greatest sports movie ever, but it would have a hard time beating The Mighty Ducks 3 in a shootout.
Slap Shot is a dreary movie, utterly lacking in humor, suspense or style. Its plot is predictable, the dialogue is almost completely expository and unforgivably repetitious, and the characters are unsympathetic and insipid. By the end, I didn't care whether they won or lost, were disbanded or moved to Florida; a nuke could've gone off at the end and obliterated the team -- at least *that* would have been a surprise!
Paul Newman is wasted in this movie. He may also have been wasted on the set, for all I can tell by his performance. The only relief from the tedium in this film are the scenes of hockey violence, and even they get stale after a while (they go on, and on, and on, and on).
Slap Shot is an awful film, completely undeserving of the praise it's received for whatever reason. The script is a nightmare, and cannot be saved by the run-of-the-mill to worse performances, or production values, and its plot is as generic a sports tale as they come.
Find a better movie to watch.
The story is about a professional hockey team that had had a tradition of playing clean-but the times they are a-changin'. The factory that was the city's major employer is closing, and times are bad for the team as well-how will it survive? Also, the team captain played by Paul Newman has to deal with a failing marriage.
What does the team do? In desperation, they hire the clownish Hansen brothers, who tells the team to forget playing clean-playing dirty is now the way to do things. One team member resigns in protest, but the others stick to the Hansen program-and it works, at least for a while. But will the team end up being disbanded anyway?
And that is what went wrong with this whole movie, which was reportedly an initial failure but would become more popular years later. The question is why. The acting is atrocious, the jokes involve a lot of vulgarity and anti-homosexual jokes. The drama fails too-the team captain is such a jerk, we want his wife to leave him. And while the team itself is in trouble, the elephant in to living room-the fact that a lot of people are about to become unemployed-is put into the background. And when the captain confronts the team's owner, he insults her by saying that her young son will become homosexual when he grows up. And the late Paul Newman was supposed to be such a liberal progressive? Ha!