Review Date: July 30, 2000
Director: Howard Deutch
Writer: Vince McKewin
Producers: Dylan Sellers
Keanu Reeves as Shane Falco
Gene Hackman as Jimmy McGinty
Brooke Langton as Annabelle Farrell
Having said that, the film doesn't really pretend to be anything more than what it is either. It's fluff, pure and simple. The movie is packed, and I mean packed with various rockin' tunes prime to make you want to boogie. At least 20-30 songs must be featured in this movie including such favorites as Gary Glitter's "Rock and Roll", "Takin' Care of Business", "Good Vibrations", "I Will Survive", "Unbelievable", as well as another CD worth of others.
I also enjoyed all of its characters, believe it or not...despite much of their one-dimensionality. Jon Favreau was particularly good as the extremely aggressive player, but most of the others also kept me entertained, including Orlando Jones as the butter-fingered receiver, Rhys Ifans as the Welsh star kicker who doesn't mind a smoke even while he's playing and the rest of the tubby bunch also. Their camaraderie is what probably kept me in this game, despite the tepid attempt at romance between Keanu and the very pretty Brooke Langton (who incidentally, subscribed to the ol' "I don't date football players cliché" early on in the film...) and the very plain directing style. Gene Hackman was also solid, but mostly in a "punching in his acting card"-type of way. But in the end, how could anyone really dislike any movie that replaces the regular cheerleaders with...well, lap-dancing strippers! Yippee! Of course, you can't miss the cheerleaders because the director makes sure to pan over to them at every other stoppage in play. But hey, for fluff, I suppose this film works. For a comedy, it's so-so. For substance, reality, drama, romance or any kind of originality, it doesn't. Your turn to choose!