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The Replacements
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Starring: Keanu Reeves, Gene Hackman, Brooke Langston, Jon Favreau
MPAA Rated: PG-13
Released By: Warner Bros.
Web Site: www.thereplacements.com
Kiddie Movie: It's mostly guy oriented but bring her along.
Date Movie: Some rough language and suggestion cheerleaders.
Gratuitous Sex: Nope.
Gratuitous Violence: A quality bar fight.
Action: Not really.
Laughs: I cracked up, but I'm easily amused.
Memorable Scene: The boys when they're in jail and the cheerleaders distracting the other team.
Memorable Quote: The opposing coach: "That's bullshit!  The one girl hit the other girl on the butt!" and Falco's inspiration speech: "Pain heals, chicks dig scars, and glory lasts forever."
Directed By: David McNally
Produced By: Jerry Bruckheimer, Chad Oman

The Replacements
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - PG-13

It's 1:58 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
A lot of critics panned "The Replacements." Sure the story has been done before (it’s "Major League" but with football), sure the jokes are easy (has been's and wannabee’s from every walk of life), sure the love story is obvious (complete with "Falco scores!" as he gets the girl), but I still laughed my ass off. Maybe I’m just too easily amused.

With "The Replacements" we’ve got the regular football players going on strike. It’s time to bring in the scabs, and leading the pack is Shane Falco (Keanu Reeves), the quarterback who lost the big college game and can’t live that down. So with a rag-tag group of big black guys, psychotic white guys, and a kicker who smokes while out on the field, yea, you guessed it, somehow these guys come together and become a great football team. And, oh yea, you get Shane falling in love with Annabelle (the oh-so-hot Brooke Langston) who is recruiting the cheerleading squad and enlists a bunch of ladies from the local gentleman’s club.

So let’s forget the story, it’s too easy to tell. What’s funny? Just about everything you would expect – stupid things happening between the players, between the players and the players on strike, between the announcers (John Madden and Pat Summerall in great roles), and just about between everyone. And throw in a cheerleading squad of lap-dancers and you can guess what to expect from that too.

Everything in the movie is obvious, you can usually see every joke coming from a mile away, and yet I still found the movie hilarious. I will keep this short and just leave it at that. If you liked "Major League," don’t expect the world’s greatest film, and just want to have some fun, "The Replacements" is pretty enjoyable. If you’re looking for deep characters, a story that really makes sense, and jokes you have to think about, stay away. From me, though, it’s 4 stars out of 5, and I think the Chicago Bears should bring back the Honey Bears and should look at to the Chicago gentlemen’s clubs for tryouts.

That’s it for this one! I’m The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!

 

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