The movie takes us through one season of college football at a fictional school called "Eastern State University". But unlike most directional schools, this one seems to be some kinda good at football.
Mostly, the action centers around the lives of the star quarterback, a Heisman candidate, and the highly recruited true freshman tailback.
To be perfectly honest, I wasn't expecting much. ... I thought it might be something neat to watch. I was very surprised that it turned out to be good.
Here's a few thoughts:
* The movie is rated R, but it could easily have been PG or even G if not for the gratuitous use of profanity.
* I kinda wondered if this is supposed to be the University of Georgia. They finish their season with Georgia Tech and there is a banner that says "SEC" hanging in some shots. Although the banner could be there just because nobody bothered to take it down - when they show a wide shot of the stadium, it looks like South Carolina's stadium.
* The logic doesn't quite work out with what they needed to do for a bowl game. By 1993, the bowl alliance system had started and by winning their conference, they were already assured of going to an alliance bowl regardless of what happened with GT.
* There is one play where a defensive player sacks the QB to end the game. But he does so by ripping off the poor guy's helmet. Rules have changed a little in the last ten years, but I'm pretty sure that was still illegal then.
Overall, it's a good movie for a college football fan. The plot is a bit cheesy, but a college football fan can enjoy it anyway.
Plus, a certain 6'7" Hoosier proves that he's under-rated...by *singing,* and doing a good job of it.
Here's to the release of a DVD version; hopefully, complete with the controversial deleted scenes. Us movie buffs should not have to suffer for the irresponsibility of others.
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