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Varsity Blues (1999)

A back-up quarterback is chosen to lead a Texas football team to victory after the star quarterback is injured.

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Mox
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Joe Harbor
Tiffany C. Love ...
Collette Harbor
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Sam Moxon (as Thomas Duffy)
Jill Parker-Jones ...
Mo Moxon (as Jill Parker Jones)
Joe Pichler ...
Kyle Moxon
Mark Walters ...
Chet McNurty
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Sheriff Bigelow
James N. Harrell ...
Murray (as James Harrell)
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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>

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In a town where winning is everything, these guys have nothing to lose. See more »

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

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15 January 1999 (USA)  »

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$16,000,000 (estimated)

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$17,515,723 (USA) (17 January 1999)

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$52,885,587 (USA) (18 April 1999)
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In the locker room scene, one of the players has the name Robbins on his jersey, the name of director Brian Robbins. See more »

Goofs

Unless this high school either plays until mid-December or has its season in the spring, there is no way Mox could have gotten an acceptance letter from Brown when it occurs in the movie. Early decision letters are sent on about Dec 12, and regular decision is in the first week of April. See more »

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Mox: Playing football at West Canaan may have been the opportunity of your lifetime, but I don't want your life!
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Referenced in The Big C: Taking Lumps (2010) See more »

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My Girlfriend Is a Waitress
Written by Rodney Gilbert Hodges, Joe Cabral
Performed by The Iguanas
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A pleasant surprise
31 March 2000 | by (North Bay, Ontario) – See all my reviews

Since this is a teen-oriented film, I must confess that I wasn't expecting this to be very entertaining. However, thanks to a generally intelligent script and a great job by Jon Voight, this turned out to be surprisingly good. As you would probably expect in a teen movie, there are some scenes that seem juvenile and pointless, but thankfully, this film manages to limit these needless diversions. The central story, although a familiar one, is well written and rather interesting. Definitely worth checking out.


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