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Stay tuned through the end credits for a funny rap song performed by Goldie and her team.
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
First, let me say I am not a fan of football movies; however, I have enjoyed movies such as THE LONGEST YARD, NORTH DALLAS FORTY and AGAINST ALL ODDS (to name a few) where an interesting story and characters add life to an otherwise "sports film." Yes the football scenes are fun to watch, but what makes the movie truly watchable is the feeling Goldie adds to her character (like in PRIVATE BENJAMIN) plus the developing struggle between her ex-husband concerning her new career and raising of her children. Its predictable in many ways, but hey, it was nice to watch a movie that made me feel happy for a change (rather than depressed or confused as so many contemporary movies seem to do).
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
For those sick of watching comedies today that skate a politically correct agenda, I think Wildcats is a fun watch. Also, if we're in the realm of football...a LOT more honest than a movie like "The Blind Side" which seemed more like a fairy tale.
Here Goldie plays Molly, a divorced mother of two who has always dreamed of coaching a football team. But throughout her coaching career all she's been allowed to do was coach female track and field. When Molly gets the opportunity to take a head coaching job in an inner city school, she jumps at the chance. When she arrives at the school she is faced by a disorganized and disrespectful team of players. They don't want her as their coach, but she sticks to her guns, and she fights to gain their respect and obedience.
Of all the comedies that Goldie has starred in, this isn't one of her best. She's still great in this, but the film is overlong, bogged down by a buzz killing custody storyline with her schmuck ex-husband (Keach) and her two kids. There's also a lot of unfunny 'fart humor' on display, but thankfully not from Goldie's character.
But when the film is good, it's good. Besides the custody storyline, things move at a brisk, fun pace. It's fun to watch Goldie work to get the team to see eye to eye with her, or hunt down the truant quarterback in the ghetto and almost get herself caught up in a robbery, or hide a rival teams goat mascot in the locker room.
This isn't really heavy stuff here, but it is a fun 80's comedy with a great star doing what she does best. So if you're a fan of Goldie Hawn and 80's comedies, check this out.
love and light <3
She wants to invade the male preserve of the boys sports because she knows a lot about the game, it comes naturally from her dad. But it isn't that simple and the only job she can get is in Principal Nipsey Russell's inner city school a really rough place.
Some future big names like Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson are some of Goldie's players. Best however is Tab Thacker one mountain of a kid critical to defense, but Thacker requires special motivation.
She also has custody issues with her most uptight ex-husband James Keach and his extremely prissy wife Jan Hooks. Those kids from her team try to help, but mess things up.
This one is really Goldie's show she has a fine comedy part with a bit of family drama thrown in. Basically because she has invaded that male holy of holys, the boy's locker room.
It's a good comedy, Goldie Hawn really shines.
*** (out of four)
It's an entertaining comedy from start to finish, with Molly exhibiting her never-say-quit attitude to win over the resentments and resistance of the high school team, which consists of a young Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson. Her mission in getting her team in shape to end their winning games drought is captivating, as is the supporting subplot of her home-life when she tries to retain custody of her two daughters from her uptight ex-husband Frank (James Keech).
The plot is a bit predictable but Goldie Hawn provides enough drama, wit and humor to keep the movie engaging, as does the football players. I enjoy the scenes where Molly tries to gain their respect and where she outruns the boys in a track race, giving them a taste of their own medicine. The relationship between Molly and her daughters were pretty uplifting and she shows that balancing life between family and a career is entirely capable. A great, feel-good sports comedy.
A seriously young and fit looking Goldie Hawn wants to coach football. She was brought up on the game by her father, she knows the game inside out from him and she knows it. But women don't do these things, you can't have a girl coach a team of young laddish lads. Never the less she is given the opportunity to do just that for a gritty rundown urban inner-city school. Will she succeed in her new role or crack and quit?.
No this certainly isn't a sports drama, this is a badass comedy, the America football version of 'Major League' if you will (although Major League copied the idea I'm sure). The whole premise is cheesy and clichéd by today's standards but back in the day this type of thing was reasonably fresh. The plot is totally run of the mill, don't go expecting anything new here, like I said its 'Major League' for football, that's all you need to know. The underdogs are a bunch of uneducated dropouts who care more about goofing off and getting up to no good. Hawn comes along to coach, they reject her and try to get rid of her, she wins them over, she proves she can coach, the players respect her and follow her, they start winning games, the team becomes a force to be reckoned with, they reach the championship against the toughest team coached by Hawn's rival...annnd they win. Simple effective basic formula used by virtually every sports flick ever.
Most of the team are unknowns to me but I'm sure many fans will know this film was the debut for both Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes. Snipes of course was also in 'Major League' and kinda plays the same character really, its almost like the beginnings for 'Willie Mayes Hayes'. But the film doesn't revolve around those guys, there is a whole team of young actors that all make this film work in a surprisingly funny way. There are some great characters here. 'Cerulo' is a real Travolta lookin' greaser with that urban Noo Yawk accent, 'Marvel' is standoffish and strong but gets turned around, 'Bird' is the truant criminal who is also the schools best player and Tab Thacker is the fat guy because you always gotta have a fat guy. Much kudos to Nipsey Russell as the likable principle.
What sets this film apart is the brilliant all round casting of the team and...well everybody really. Even characters like the nasty rival football team coach played by Bruce McGill, Hawn's kids, James Keach as Hawn's estranged husband etc...they are all cheesy but well portrayed. Another element that became obvious to me was the racial divide thing. Hawn's character keeps getting pushed to coach at a posh all girls school on the rich side of town by her husband, he clearly doesn't enjoy her being around all these ruffians. Also most of the other rival teams appear to mainly white guys and of course everybody on Hawn's side of town is generally white. Then you have everybody on the bad side of town where this urban school is, there are rundown buildings everywhere, trash lying around, burnt out cars etc...and everybody seems to be black or hispanic. How could a pretty blonde white girl from the right side of town control a group of foul mouthed, aggressive alcohol drinking black/hispanic youths from the wrong side of the the tracks?. There aren't any verbal references to this of course but the visuals sure as hell shove it down your throat.
An amusing play on this are the Wildcat cheerleaders who are a ragtag team of about four or five black girls and the odd white girl. Funny thing is these girls are basically the ugly girls from school, a bit too tubby, a bit too skinny, kinda nerdy and dressed like shabby trashy street hookers. Not the kind of street hookers that would tempt you. Clearly done for laughs as the cheerleaders are not the type of girls you would want doing this, plus they are a simple representation of the school and the area.
That might sound really controversial, it certainly stands out if you ask me after a recent re-watch, something I never really picked up on as a kid. But I'm guessing that was the point of the plot, the aim of the game, the snobs looking down their noses at the dirty poor folk. Luckily the film is so damn enjoyable you can overlook it (I hope). The only real let down for me is the rather limp finish after they win the championship, kinda just drops off a bit really, shame.
The film is a cookie cutter product (not for its time though), you've seen it before, you've seen all the characters, all the teams, all the ups and downs yadda yadda yadda. Its not overly rude and its not outrageously funny, its just a very rebellious cheeky feel good flick with some really good fun cheesy characters. Add to that a cracking soundtrack which accompanies some great training montages and there you have it, a good time stereotypical fast food 80's football flick.
** 1/2 (out of 4)
Goldie Hawn plays a woman's track coach whose dream in life is to coach a football team. When her high school passes over her for being a woman, she gets a job at another school but the bad news is that it's in the ghetto and none of the players respect her. The toughest part is going to be breaking through to the players and then getting them to play her way. This film seems to have been a hit when released but it doesn't hold up overly well today. I think the biggest problem is the screenplay that at times seems to forget we're watching a comedy because it dives into a subplot with Hawn's ex-husband and this eats up so much of the running time that the film loses focus on trying to make us laughs. What laughs the film does try to get comes from various toilet humor, which includes one player who likes to fart and another (Wesley Snipes) who just wants to have a piece of Hawn. The screenplay is also quite predictable as everything we see here was borrowed from previous sport films and you just know Hawn is going to get a chance at revenge in the final game in the film. What does work with the movie are the performances with Hawn giving it her all as her energy level is certainly on high and one can't help but smile seeing her going up against this opposite crowd. The supporting cast is also pretty good as we get early performances by Snipes and Woody Harrelson as well as nice work from Nipsey Russell, James Keach, Bruce McGill and Ann Doran in what would turn out to be her final film role (she started way back in 1922). There's no question that this movie is mildly entertaining from start to finish but at the same time I couldn't help but be somewhat disappointed because we weren't given more laughs as the side story was just too much and kept going on and on. Even the surprising nude scene by Hawn seemed out of place as did quite a bit here. Still, the attractive cast makes this one worth at least a rental.
If you ask if this is a formula, you are right. The underdog movie has been an American staple since the beginning of movie history. First the coach and the players must face humiliating defeat, then gradually get better and then of course win the big game. All of this happens in this movie but there is also a rather unnecessary subplot involving a custody battle. It seems that Molly's ex-husband (James Keach) thinks that she is neglecting the kids, mainly because he stumbled into a party given by Molly to the football players after a victory and to top it off the oldest daughter gets drunk. Then we get a court hearing where all of the players, who have found respect for their coach, show up to defend her and one of them makes a pass at the judge to grease the wheels even further.
All that happens in this movie is rather predictable. The only thing that is worth noticing is that Woody Harrelson, Wesley Snipes and Mykelti Williamson made one of their first appearances here, before Harrelson became famous as Woody Boyd and before he and Snipes were made a team in several films. Mykelti Williamson also became well known, first in Midnight Caller and then as the shrimp connoisseur Bubba in Forrest Gump. There is also a small role for SNL'er and 3rd Rock from the Sun star, Jan Hooks as the uptight new wife of Goldie's ex. This doesn't make Wildcats anything more than it is and Goldie's career has continued in this vein with one bright spot now and again ("Death becomes her" had its moments).
As for the director, Michael Ritchie, he was one of the greats. He made the original "Bad News Bears" and the hilarious "Fletch" but sadly he is no longer with us. This film ranks just below average mainly because he did so much better at other times.
Nothing special, but good entertainment. 5/10 stars.
I saw it on Dinner and a Movie. Nothing very memorable; save your money.