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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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Pros on strike. Everyday guys get to play. See more »

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Comedy | Sport

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

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Helden aus der zweiten Reihe  »

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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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Gene Hackman and Gailard Sartain previously appeared in Mississippi Burning (1988). See more »

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When McGinty is telling Falco that Martell has crossed, the head-on shot of Falco absorbing this news shows him looking to his left, when the camera angle changes to show him from behind, he is looking to his right. See more »

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Jimmy McGinty: You're looking at a 65-yard field goal here.
Nigel 'The Leg' Gruff: You just hold the ball, Shane, and I'll kick the bloody piss out of it.
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Spoofs North Dallas Forty (1979) See more »

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Bust A Move
Written by Matt Dike and Marvin Young
Performed by Marvin Young (as Young MC)
Courtesy of Delicious Vinyl
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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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