A washed-up quarter back (Reeves) leads a team of misfit football players assembled by a coach (Hackman) to replace striking pro players.
Item Type: DVD Movie
Item Rating: PG13
Street Date: 02/08/05
Wide Screen: yes
Director Cut: no
Special Edition: no
Foreign Film: noSubtitles: no
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The Replacements manages to be both completely formulaic and yet immensely enjoyable. When a professional football players' strike happens, the owner of a fictitious team, the Washington Sentinels, commissions maverick coach Jimmy McGinty (Gene Hackman) to pull together a team. McGinty selects a collection of talented oddballs--a Welsh soccer player, a sumo wrestler, a couple of professional bodyguards--with athletic pasts, figuring that if it doesn't work out as a game, it might as well be a circus. To lead the team, he finds Shane Falco (Keanu Reeves), a once-promising player who had a disastrous championship game. Naturally, despite squabbling and bickering, a roguish camaraderie develops through a mixture of racial infighting, harassment from the striking professionals, and a big bar brawl--after which they're all thrown in jail and perform the most improbable impromptu dance number ever committed to film. The mixture of cheerfully cliché plot mechanics, an engaging collection of supporting actors (including Orlando Jones, Rhys Ifans from Notting Hill, and Jon Favreau from Swingers), and sheer ridiculousness somehow combines to make The Replacements completely entertaining. Reeves is somehow turning into a pleasant leading man; he even emotes convincingly in this movie. And let's face it, Gene Hackman is quite possibly the greatest actor alive, able to speak the trashiest dialogue with fierce conviction. Plus, just to prove that the tight pants and close huddles of football are heterosexual, there are many, many shots of cheerleaders going through stripper-inspired routines. --Bret Fetzer
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Book Description Warner Home Video, 2000. Book Condition: Fair. Ex-Library Book - will contain Library Markings. Bookseller Inventory # G0790751542I5N10
Book Description Warner Brothers, Burbank, 2000. Non-Book. Book Condition: Very Good+. DVD and case are almost as new. ; DVD Video. MOVIES. "Keanu Reeves plays Shane Falco, a washed-out all-American QB who guides a team of misfits assembled by veteran coach Jimmy McGinty (Gene Hackman) to replace striking pro footfall players. " Starring Keanu Reeves, Gene Hackman, Orlando Jones, Brooke Langton. Rated PG-13. Color, 135 minutes. Formatted for USA and Canada. Widescreen Version presented in a "Matted" widescreen format, preserving the aspect ratio of its original theatrical exhibition, Enhanced for widescreen TVs. Plastic and cardboard case (not clamshell) . Bookseller Inventory # 28625