Varsity Blues (1999)
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James Van Der Beek (Dawson's Creek) leads the action in this exciting, f unny coming-of-age story about a small-town high schooler co nfronting t he pressures and temptations of gridiron glory. At first, backup quarte rback Jonathan "Mox" Moxom (Van Der Beek) is nowh ere close to being a f ootball star. He's perfectly content to stay on the bench and out of th e win-at-all-cost strategies of coach Bud Kilmer (Jon Voight in a powerf ul performance). But when the starting quarterback is injured, Mox is i n the game…and in direct c onflict with his hotheaded coach and girlfrie nd. Soon everyone in Mox's football-crazed community will realize there 's not just a n ew star quarterback in town, there's a new kind of hero.]]>
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It is "Rocky" + "Friday Night Lights" + "Rudy" + "Stand By Me" = Varisty Blues.
If you played football, or ever hung out with the guys after a game, or ever LAUGHED at the guys who couldn't leave HS even after they graduated 9 years ago ... Then buy the movie, its worth it, and the soundtrack ROCKS !!!!
Then I caught the film on cable recently, and watched it. Then I rented it, and watched it again. Perhaps I had been too judgmental my first viewing: VARSITY BLUES was slowly but surely revealing itself to me as a very entertaining movie. I came to appreciate Jonathan "Mox" Moxon (James Van Der Beek), a second string quarterback with aspirations to go to an Ivy League college suddenly thrust into the spotlight of his west Texas town as the new starting signal caller. I came to loathe Bud Kilmer (Jon Voight), the epitome of the abusive, cruel, vindictive, win-at-all-costs head football coach. I came to enjoy the small town "feel" of this film, where high school football players are placed on a pedestal and allowed to run wild. And what can you say about Billy Bob (Ron Lester) and Tweeder (Scott Caan), other than these two raunchy characters flavor this movie whenever they appear like onions in Texas chili?
Setting aside a hopelessly unrealistic player revolt (Where were the other coaches to take over when Kilmer left?), director Brian Robbins furnishes fast-moving, high-octane football scenes guaranteed to make those of us who have played the game (and still love it) want to strap on the pads again. VARSITY BLUES is less than perfect, like a six-pack of warm beer, but still satisfying to the last drop.
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There hasn't been a time that Varsity Blues DIDN'T meet my expectations. One of the best football movie classics of all time.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
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