Having seen it I also get some more jokes from Not Another Teen Movie that I didn't get before, so it was worth the viewing.
It was also well shot with an interesting variety of shots & angles. The shots from Ricky's camcorder were a great way to show things about his character by what he pointed his camera at, whilst being an interesting perspective for the audience to see the characters. It was also evident that great thought was given to lighting in most scenes. Great thought was given to everything and nothing was left to chance, which it why this film won so many awards. At first I thought this may have been what you'd call a 'chick flick' by the poster and reading that it was about relationships and that kind of thing. I'm so glad I gave it a try because it's definitely not all these stereotypical and clichéd things. I'm also glad I saw it because now I get one of the jokes in Not Another Teen Movie.
The werewolf thing had some interesting consequences and it was amusing to see Michael J Fox as a werewolf having seen him in lots of other things where he's just the type of character he played here, minus the werewolf thing. The two main threads about basketball and romance were both pretty run-of-the-mill but it still provided enjoyable lunch time viewing.
In terms of the plot I was a little annoyed that Crowe's character Terry Thorne allowed himself to take things beyond a professional relationship with Ryan's character Alice. For one I see Thorne as a more professional man than this, and second it took the edge off the glee when Peter Bowman (Morse) got rescued and returned home because we the audience knew that all was not as well as he thought it was because his wife had been kissing the negotiator.
Like I said i really liked the action, Caruso was the most crucial element to the success of the shootout at the end. I didn't, however, like how the opening action scene seemed only to be there to get the audience's attention and didn't really wind into the story. Except I guess for introducing Crowe as a "KNR" bloke. I would have preferred this screen time to be spent on getting to know Ryan and Morse better, but I suppose the producers wanted to make the film more about Crowe than these two.
Setting aside the dancing was entertaining and I'm glad there was plenty of it because that's the way the film was marketed; as a tap dance film, so I'd hate to see anything less than that. Sometimes in this sort of film they can get too caught up in the reasons for showing the dancing (or songs in the case of musicals) but I think they kept it simple, without leaving the audience wondering why we're seeing this particular dance. I also liked how they tied it into the BHP steel works closing down. This shows a bit of thought has gone into the writing of the story and it's nice to know that it wasn't true, but could have been.
I was charmed with the appearance of Sophie Lee, known best (by me anyway) for being in 'The Castle'. I was a little disappointed about the romance and the relationship troubles between her, and the two brothers Mitchell and Sean. Frankly, the film could have done without it. On the other hand, just to show I don't really hate drama, I did like the tension between the boys and their father.
Also from my summary you can tell that I hated the way everyone flies. Fair enough they can jump high, but not over a three story building! in the TV guide review for this film it said something like "you can do better wire stunts hanging from your clothes line". I think he was right: I can (I tried).
I found it hard to believe it was only made in 1996 because it looks like everything this film did has been done already decades before. I don't think it was even worthy of a 2am screening on TV, which is when I saw it. The only good thing was that I didn't have to work too hard to follow the plot. I think I could have stopped watching and gone to bed half way through and written a better ending myself.