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.
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
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If you can get through all of the teenage humor, there is a really great message for high school students in this movie. At the end of the movie, James Van der Beek's character gives a great speech about being a teenager and that it is important to remember that. I think that this was similar to the speech that Patrick Dempsey's character gave in "Can't Buy Me Love". I use it when teaching my students how important it is to be that, a student, not an adult. If you have never seen it, I recommend that you watch it, just remember, the teenage stuff is not as important as the message it sends out. It is important to be yourself. Enjoy life, it happens too quickly.
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