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The Replacements (2000)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Sport | 11 August 2000 (USA)
During a pro football strike, the owners hire substitute players.

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A comedy based on the 1987 professional football players' strike. Gene Hackman plays the coach of the team, Jack Warden is the owner, Brett Cullen is the All-Pro quarterback that goes on strike and Keanu Reeves is the "scab" who replaces the star QB. Written by Anonymous

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Rated PG-13 for some crude sexual humor and language | See all certifications »

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$50,000,000 (estimated)

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$11,039,214 (USA) (11 August 2000)

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$44,737,059 (USA) (17 November 2000)
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Washington Sentinels running back Walter Cochran (played by Troy Winbush) not only wears the same number as Chicago Bears legend and hall-of-famer Walter Payton, 34, but the first time he gets the ball he does a single long jump-stride in open field before he takes off sprinting, Walter Payton's signature move. See more »

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Towards the end of the second game when the team is attempting an onside kick, Shane Falco is on the field and actually tackles Danny Batemen to prevent the clock from expiring. Quarterbacks generally do not participate in kick-offs, onside or regular. They are usually resting and preparing for the next offensive series. During the play John Madden says "They have to recover the kick and then call timeout". In the NFL the clock automatically stops after all kickoffs, so no timeout would be needed to stop the clock. See more »

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Jimmy McGinty: Hell of a game, that Sugar Bowl. What'd you lose that by, forty points?
Shane Falco: That would be forty-five.
Jimmy McGinty: Sometimes a game like that really sticks with you. You never shake it off.
Shane Falco: Got three concussions to prove it.
Jimmy McGinty: [chuckling] That's why girls don't play the game.
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Spoofs The Waterboy (1998) See more »

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Written by Carl Beck and William T. Purdy
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"There is no tomorrow for you, and that makes you very dangerous people."
30 June 2001 | by (Houston, Tx, USA, Earth) – See all my reviews

Those are the words of coach (Hackman) before the final regular season game for the "replacement" players, filling in for the striking regulars. The "never-been" QB (Keanu Reeves) must try to lead them to victory.

"The Replacements" is primarily a good screwball comedy, in the vein of, but significantly better than, "Best of Show" and "The Waterboy." Some may even take a "message" away, about the importance of teamwork, belief in oneself, true love (QB and the head cheerleader). But that is all secondary.

I rate this one highly for pure escapism entertainment, but also with good acting by Reeves and Hackman, and some almost-believable football action, heavily interlaced with goofiness. The lap-dancers turned cheerleaders, who totally distract the opposing team. The tag-team vomiting during the huddle, after the Japanese sumo wrestler eats too many eggs before the game ("I gotta beef up!") The cop who, like in the "Waterboy", can get enraged (Coach says, "I want you to get me the ball," and he does.) The Welsh kicker who is "wirr-rrry strong" and smokes a cigarette while kicking. The "I will survive" dance in jail, after the barroom brawl with the 'regulars.'

To make a good screwball comedy, the writer and director have to walk a fine line and here they do it well. John Madden and Pat Summerall, playing announcers, are genuinely funny. The DVD picture, and Dolby Digital 5.1 sound, are up to standards.


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