MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Down 107 this week

Varsity Blues (1999)

6.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.4/10 from 31,676 users   Metascore: 50/100
Reviews: 260 user | 66 critic | 20 from Metacritic.com

In small-town Texas, high school football is a religion. The head coach is deified, as long as the team is winning and 17-year-old schoolboys carry the hopes of an entire community onto the... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 27 titles
created 27 Jul 2013
 
a list of 23 titles
created 13 Aug 2013
 
a list of 21 titles
created 10 months ago
 
a list of 33 titles
created 4 months ago
 
a list of 31 images
created 1 month ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Varsity Blues" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Varsity Blues (1999)

Varsity Blues (1999) on IMDb 6.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Varsity Blues.

User Polls

2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Skulls (2000)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Luke McNamara, a college senior from a working class background joins a secret elitist college fraternity organization called "The Skulls", in hope of gaining acceptance into Harvard Law ... See full summary »

Director: Rob Cohen
Stars: Joshua Jackson, Paul Walker, Hill Harper
Action | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Based on H.G. Bissinger's book, which profiled the economically depressed town of Odessa, Texas and their heroic high school football team, The Permian High Panthers.

Director: Peter Berg
Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Jay Hernandez, Derek Luke
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A high school jock makes a bet that he can turn an unattractive girl into the school's prom queen.

Director: Robert Iscove
Stars: Freddie Prinze Jr., Rachael Leigh Cook, Matthew Lillard
The Program (1993)
Action | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Several players from different backgrounds try to cope with the pressures of playing football at a major university. Each deals with the pressure differently, some turn to drinking, others to drugs, and some to studying.

Director: David S. Ward
Stars: James Caan, Halle Berry, Omar Epps
Comedy | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

During a pro football strike, the owners hire substitute players.

Director: Howard Deutch
Stars: Keanu Reeves, Gene Hackman, Brooke Langton
Tin Cup (1996)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A washed up golf pro working at a driving range tries to qualify for the US Open in order to win the heart of his succesful rival's girlfriend.

Director: Ron Shelton
Stars: Kevin Costner, Rene Russo, Don Johnson
Varsity Blues (TV Series 2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
Stars: Sean Dwyer
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Mox
...
Coach Kilmer
...
...
...
Tweeter
...
Joe Harbor
Tiffany C. Love ...
Collette Harbor
...
Julie Harbor
Eliel Swinton ...
...
Sam Moxon (as Thomas Duffy)
Jill Parker-Jones ...
Mo Moxon (as Jill Parker Jones)
Joe Pichler ...
Kyle Moxon
Mark Walters ...
Chet McNurty
...
Sheriff Bigelow
James N. Harrell ...
Murray (as James Harrell)
Edit

Storyline

In small-town Texas, high school football is a religion. The head coach is deified, as long as the team is winning and 17-year-old schoolboys carry the hopes of an entire community onto the gridiron every Friday night. In his 35th year as head coach, Bud Kilmer (Jon Voight) is trying to lead his West Canaan Coyotes to their 23rd division title. When star quarterback Lance Harbor (Paul Walker) suffers an injury, the Coyotes are forced to regroup under the questionable leadership of John Moxon (James Van Der Beek), a second-string quarterback with a slightly irreverent approach to the game. "Varsity Blues" explores our obsession with sports and how teenage athletes respond to the extraordinary pressures places on them. Written by Steven Chea <schea@mail.utexas.edu>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

It takes a hero to know what's worth winning. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language throughout, sexuality and nudity, and some substance abuse | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

15 January 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

American Boys  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£139,211 (UK) (10 September 1999)

Gross:

ESP 8,749,775 (Spain) (13 July 2001)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

|

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Paul Walker actually broke his leg during filming. See more »

Goofs

In some of the game scenes Billy Bob is the Coyotes' right tackle, in others he is on the left side of the offensive line. This is possible if the team used an offensive scheme which 'flopped' the 'weak' and 'strong' sides of the line. See more »

Quotes

Mox: [after Kilmer left the locker room after choking Moxon] Before this game started, Kilmer said "48 minutes for the next 48 years of your life". I say "fuck that". All right? Fuck that. Let's go out there, and we play the next 24 minutes for the next 24 minutes, and we leave it all out on the field. We have the rest of our lives to be mediocre, but we have the opportunity to play like gods for the next half of football.
See more »

Connections

Featured in The Office: The Coup (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

If Your Girl Only Knew
Written by Tim Mosley, Missy Elliott (as Missy Elliott)
Performed by Aaliyah
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Predictable but Good!
8 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Varsity Blues is a very predictable football drama that is very similar in tone and style to 2004's Friday Night Lights. While I like that film better, this is not a bad film at all. I was still able to root for and against some characters. This movie does a good job at holding my attention and bringing back some good high school memories.

Brian Robbin's film is about a Texas football team in the town of West Canaan. After the star quarterback is injured, the back up guy, Moxon is forced to deal with his relentless coach Kilmer, his disapproving girlfriend, and his football-loving parents while starting in his new role that is all strange for him.

The acting is pretty good. This is the first time I saw James Van Der Beek on film because I refuse to watch Dawson's Creek, but he does a pretty good job. Jon Voight gives a masterful performance as Kilmer and he just made me despise the character. Paul Walker does a good job and he does not even drive any cars!

Overall, this may be a clichéd sports film, but there are some subtle differences such as scenes involving whipped cream, religious little brothers, and a health teacher who is much more than that. Despite some flaws, I couldn't help but root for the Moxon kid. I rate this film 9/10.


3 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Only 2 state titles? swtdelt
Drinking belinator52
I don't like Kilmer, but there is one thing I agree with him on. Yourfriendan
as a current highschool football player.. steviekaps9013
tv show friday night lights copied this vi2ce
banned scene comeplaydoctor
Discuss Varsity Blues (1999) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?