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Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Greg Kinnear, Elizabeth Banks
MPAA Rated: PG
Released By: Walt Disney Pictures
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Kiddie Movie: Not too young, but most boys will get it.
Date Movie: She'll be staring at Mark Wahlberg while you enjoy the story.
Gratuitous Sex: A sloppy kiss.
Gratuitous Violence: Football stuff.
Action: Nah.
Laughs: Some chuckles.
Memorable Scene: Yes, I got a little weepy when Dick Vermeil let Vince know he was on the team.
Memorable Quote: Nothing stands out.
Directed By: Ericson Core
Produced By: Mark Ciardi, Gordon Gray, Ken Mok

A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - PG

It's 1:39 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
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."

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 door neighbor.

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!! L8R!!!


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