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Greg Kinnear, Elizabeth Banks
||Not too young, but
most boys will get it.
||She'll be staring
at Mark Wahlberg while you enjoy the story.
||A sloppy kiss.
||Yes, I got a
little weepy when Dick Vermeil let Vince know he was on the
||Mark Ciardi, Gordon Gray, Ken Mok
So youíre 30 years old, bouncing at a local bar and
trying to be a teacher, with some limited football
experience other than mostly playing with your buddies. Now
your favorite football team actually wants to take a look at
you. Then, somehow, you actually make the team. Then, with
your team, and your rookie coach, needing a win to get back
in the good graces with the fans, somehow you force a fumble
that leads to victory. Your NFL career can end right then
and there and your story will still be made into a movie,
but for Vince Papale, his career didnít end right there, he
had a couple of more seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles,
and his story still gets turned into a movie, in this case
the Disney flick "Invincible."
A Movie Review
Yup, "Invincible" pretty much tells the story of famed
Philadelphia Eagle player Vince Papale (played in the movie
by Mark Wahlberg), and from what Iíve read, other than a few
"artistic" stretching of some truths, itís a close
representation of Vinceís finding himself as a member of his
favorite team, the Eagles. We get Philadelphia in 1976 when
times are tough for a lot folks on the south side of Philly,
and friends gather at the local bar. Vince is down on his
luck a bit, being a part-time teacher and working at the
bar. Go figure, his wife thinks heís a loser and dumps him.
Suddenly he finds himself at training camp for the Eagles,
continually questions if he can make the team, but the new
Head Coach, Dick Vermeil (Greg Kinnear) sees a little extra
something in Vince and gives him a chance. Of course there
is a new love interest, in this case his would-be wife Janet
(Elizabeth Banks), the story of family with his dad, Frank
(Kevin Conway), the animosity of the current football
players not respecting Vince, and the big play that
solidifies that your life story will be made into a movie,
in this case the fumble during the Giantsí game, even if
Hollywood does change the ending.
Nothing really needs to be said but the folks who did a
great job with the story of Jimmy Morris in
"The Rookie" do
just as well a job with "Invincible." The other thing done
well for this movie was the casting, because as good as Mark Wahlberg and Greg Kinnear are in their roles, the entire
supporting cast does a great job, right down to Vinceís next
A well-done movie about an inspiring story, and that
leaves me giving "Invincible" 4 stars out of 5.
Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!!