Well here's a movie that had SO much potential but somehow just didn't quite make it. Don't get me wrong, it's a decent movie and I smiled thoughout most of it, but alas I never really laughed out loud (not good for a movie billed as a comedy and had so many comedic actors involved...i.e. Sinbad, Rob Schneider, Larry Miller, et al! As I sit here and think, the only true time I really laughed out loud was at the end as the referee recounted Eric the Samuri's blatant fouls after he karate-chopped through the defense...now that was inspired!). The other actors give it their all, and some of the characterizations are quite endearing, but the by-the-numbers script (i.e. ubiquitous bar-room fight, loser team wins the big game, etc) really lets them down. For instance, the scrimmage game between the team and the convicts is an opportunity for real laughs that's just wasted! And the ultra-priggish Dean is a tad TOO priggish...to the point of sqeaking when he walks...sheesh. But as the other reviewers mention, the films saving grace is Bill Conti's score...it's wonderful...it, more than anything, got me going...there were certain montage and musical sequences that were great, like the teams first few defeats, and the introduction of Lucy's kicking prowess. Overall, "Necessary Roughness" is a good movie that could have been great. But not to knock it too hard, I have to say that when Roger Ebert reviewed it, he hit the nail on the head when he said that this film had "charm"...well he was exactly right...there's a lot of chemistry and fun in this movie, and it's suitable for all ages which is nice (and rare!), but after it's over you too will realize that it could have been so much more.