The Replacements (2000)

Throw the ball. Catch the girl. Keep it simple.

Maverick old-guard coach Jimmy McGinty is hired in the wake of a players' strike to help the Washington Sentinels advance to the playoffs. But that impossible dream hinges on whether his replacements can hunker down and do the job. So, McGinty dusts off his secret dossier of ex-players who never got a chance (or screwed up the one they were given) and knits together a bad-dream team of guys who just may give the Sentinels their title shot.

If you are a wanna-be, a has-been or a never-have, THIS is the movie for you. Celebrating the Everyman who never got his shot, The Replacements takes the Mediocre and gives them their chance in the spotlight.
The movie starts out with the professional football players going on strike, mid-season, to demand even more money to play a kid's game. The league owners decide to finish out the season with whatever players they can acquire (mirroring the 1987 NFL strike). The Washington Sentinels' owner goes a completely different direction by re-hiring one of his old coaches and giving him complete control of the team. Coach McGinty then goes about putting together his Dream Team of Wanna-Be's and Never-Were's who, if the stars aligned just right, might just reach their full potential.
An EXCELLENT popcorn movie that would have received 5 stars if there had been more football in the football movie. Nevertheless, it is packed full of great one-liners (He's Wiry) and will have you tossing off non-sequiturs the next day all day long. That'll do pig. That'll do.

Warner Bros. Pictures by Howard Deutch, Vince McKewin.
Stars: Keanu Reeves, Gene Hackman, Brooke Langton, Orlando Jones.

Genres: Comedy, Sport

Keywords: american football strike sport coach misfit

08/11/2000

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