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WILDCATS was a funny and entertaining comedy with Goldie Hawn at the top of her form as a high school track coach, who wants more than anything to coach football (her late father was a football coach). She finally gets the opportunity to coach a high school football team at a tough inner city high school where the majority of the students are Africa American or Latino. Of course, Goldie's Molly McGrath meets the obvious resentments from high school boys that you would expect finding out their new coach is a woman, but she does eventually win them over, even at the risk of losing custody of her two daughters to her uptight ex-husband (James Keach). Nothing new or inventive here but Goldie lights up the screen presenting a smart yet flawed character trying to live her dream. Nipsey Russell has one of the best roles of his career as the principal of the school that hires her and there are some very funny moments provided by the members of the team, especially Woody Harrelson, Nick Corri, and in a star-making turn, a very young Wesley Snipes. Bruce McGill scores as a sexist coach from the opposing school, Prescott and Jan Hooks has some cute moments as GOldie's ex-husband's new girlfriend. I love the scene where Goldie outruns the boys on the team and calls them "pussies" and the rap song over the closing credits is hysterically funny. A terrific feel-good comedy starring a great actress at the zenith of her personal charm.
This is a great little (even, gosh, subtle) football comedy about grabbing life with both hands, featuring Goldie Hawn as a woman coach who wants to make a splash as a high school football coach. One of the joys of watching these movies is the retro experience of 80s 'big hair' hairdos and fashions, and seeing now famous actors. There's Wesley Snipes (as the ladies man with an eye for the 'older woman', Woody Harrelson, a thin LL Cool J, Mikelti Williamson (The Night Hawk), and Stan Foster (Tour Of Duty). And in fact, some of the jokes actually work (Hawn: "we're going beat those Cougars and spit them out like so many furballs". Snipes: "Let's eat some pussy".) Fun for all.
It may not score many points for originality, but this comedy is still
tremendously entertaining and one of my personal favorites from the 1980s.
Plenty of memorably funny moments, some great one-liners and excellent
performances by the entire cast, with Goldie doing a stand-out job and
Nipsey Russell making the most of his relatively small role as the
beleaguered high school principal who desperately wants gridiron glory for
his school's team. Veteran director Michael Ritchie definitely knows how to
perk up a formula story and make it seem lively and new again, even if we DO
see the feel-good finale coming a mile away.
Stay tuned through the end credits for a funny rap song performed by Goldie and her team.
This film is an all time classic. Everyone's seen it, so I wont bother with the plot. (If you haven't, you lack the very basics!!!) It's light as a feather, yet professionally crafted. The cast is excellent: Woody Harelson and Wesley Snipes are always a winner duo, but the star of the movie is doubtlessly no other than Goldie Hawn. I don't know any other actresses, who could be this funny, lovely and sweet through a whole movie. And It's the young Goldie Hawn you'll watch during the playtime, so she has an additional amount of cuteness enforcing her personal sexual charisma. AND there is a scene where she's totally naked. It has nothing to do with the plot, it only meant for our pleasure. This move represents the happiest segment of the 80's:)
The 80's brought a crop of funny comedies. I remember watching this one a lot as I grew up. Goldie Hawn was perfect as a female coach on a male football team. This is a film that is definately not for the family,but I watched it all the time as a child. There are many silly critically bashed comedies that I've thoroughly enjoyed over the years(such as the silly Rodney Dangerfield girl soccer comedy "Lady Bugs"). This is a raunchy comedy heavily laced with profanity,but there are times that I laughed ferociously. This is just a comedy that has a wonderfully appealing supporting cast and by-the-numbers,predictable story. This is a film for those who just want to laugh at nasty jokes. ****/*****
While this is close to THE BLINDSIDE (2009), Goldie Hawn is given a decent script that allows her to portray a gritty female football coach in a rough high school using her comic talents as well as allowing for some nice dramatic scenes, extending her performance from the usual stereotypical, two-dimensional character. WILDCATS includes the predictable storyline, but also adds an extra dimension which happens when the star happens to be female. There is the additional screen time that includes the personal family conflict as a mother and there is additional screen time for actual football plays as well as a more developed focus on the number of games presented in this movie. While some of the usual football players are not given the screen time nor development sometimes seen in most sport movies of this genre, they may have been sacrificed for the director's personal decision to balance the movie with Goldie Hawn's character's own personal turmoils often given little attention in most movies like this. The ending of this movie is perhaps too typical, predictable, and over-simplified, but it does resonate in a more humanistic and rounded ending that usual.
Goldie Hawn is her usual fizzy, feisty self playing a football-crazy coach trying to whip a high school team into shape. The young men are made up of delinquents and goof-offs, but can Goldie work her magic on them before the big game? "The Bad News Bears"'s Michael Ritchie directed, and it's the kind of comedy knock-off you'd expect from any Hollywood hack but Ritchie (hopefully he was well paid). Supporting cast is unusually good, with Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes in early roles, Swoosie Kurtz doing her likable sisterly bit, Nipsey Russell nicely low-keyed as a school official, Jan Hooks wonderful as the new woman in Hawn's ex-husband's life, and handsome Bruce McGill as the enemy coach (although he gets the worst scenes, particularly at end when he's forced to shout "Search his jock!" and then roll around in the mud). Hawn herself has an embarrassing moment nude in the bathtub, and the sub-plot with her boring ex is just time wasted on the clock, but her forthright comic performance just about saves "Wildcats" from the cookie-cutter bargain-bin. ** from ****
The trailer for "Wildcats" showed 3 ghetto-riffic cheerleaders stomping
around a pile of dirt and chanting, "U-G-L-Y, you ain't got no alibi, you
UGLY! What-what! Yo' mama says you ugly!"
Okay, you got me. I'm there.
Ha-ha low-brow highlights include--
* Goldie Hawn's purple-headed teenage daughter gets sloshed at a team party. Wesley Snipes comes to the rescue: "We're taking you home. If your mother sees you like this she's gonna' turn your ass the same color as your hair" Funny, rite?
* Goldie's team kidnaps the rival school's mascot, a goat. When principal Nipsey Russell invades the locker room and asks, "You all wouldn't happen to know what happen to the Cougar's goat, would you?" The goat, hidden in a locker, starts to baaaaah, which prompts Goldie to simultaneously reply "Naaaaah!" See? Hysterical!
Fans of Jan Hooks (like me) will love her turn here as the uppitty stick-up-the-butt wife of Goldie's ex. Fans of Woody Harrelson should note that a brief cameo is made here by his bare butt. Fans of Swoosie Kurtz should contemplate bathing with downed powerlines. Just kiddin', she's good too.
TEN! 1 point for the fat guy, 1 point for flatulence, 1 point for LL Cool J's lamest rap ever. The rest of the points go to Goldie. Goldie rocks.
Love, your pussies
One of my 80's sport's comedy ever. Goldie Hawn is at her best as Molly McGrath, a woman who feels that she can coach a winning football team. But feels she is taken seriously because she is a woman. Molly has other problems, she is divorced with two daughters, and has a nagging ex husband. And her job has a track coach is wearing thin. But with luck she finally gets the chance to coach a football team. When she finally gets there, she soon realizes that many other people would not dare coach there, and the team is a bunch of goof balls who don't seem to respect her and care about winning any more. Can Molly earn their respect, and show them they can be winners? I've always been a football fan, but this movie was great with Goldie Hawn starring in it.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Think Dangerous Minds and Any Given Sunday mixed with gags and humour
and you've got Wildcats: an 80s comedy starring Mrs Kurt Russell
herself, Goldie Hawn who plays a high school sports teacher turned
American Football coach. At first, the guys take a disliking to her,
but soon afterwards, her efforts pay off as they win match after match.
The film also launched the movie careers of ex-Cheers actor, Woody Harrelson, Wesley Snipes and rapper, LL Cool J. Okay, it may not win brownie points on originality alone, but Wildcats is an entertaining and amusing effort, with a somewhat impressive performance by Hawn herself. There are some silly moments, but hey this was the 80s after all! The hair, the fashion, the music, the movies ah the memories! In all, a feel good movie and for a sports flick, not that bad at all. And the rap is somewhat amusing and a tad cheesy too. Worth purchasing on DVD
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