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Plot: 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.. Runtime: 106 mins Release Date: 14 Jan 1999
Varsity Blues was a gripping tale about a young Vanderbeek's struggle with the police and FBI. After witnessing the murder of his girlfriend played by Amy Smart Vanderbeek travels around solving mysteries with SCott Caan, Paul Walker, Ali Larter and their pet Coach Bud Kilmer played by the immortal Jon Voight. Billy Bob, formerly of the Oscar winning Good Burger, puts in a solid performance as a fat kid typecasted into an offensive lineman role. There were really too many high points in the movie to name them all, thus I will name none of them. See Varsity Blues, buy Varsity Blues be <more>
A glimpse at Texas football! (by Movie Hound Video)
Having played football in West Texas for a 3-A dynasty team, this movie brings back the memories and the nightmares that a dynasty town can give. The scene with the convience store clerk giving Mox the beer is a regular thing as far as the players getting "special" treatment. The attitude of the players and coaches seem real. For a glimpse inside the fame Texas football attitude, this is the movie to watch!
Varsity Blues is a great movie, all high school students should watch. (by er1cindy)
When I first watched Varsity Blues I was a junior in high school and I've seen it about 20 times since. The music was the first aspect of the film that stood out to me. Mark Isham is the composer of most of the soundtrack. The same genius behind A River Runs Through It. His mastery of movie soundtacks is clearly evident. The characters in Varsity Blues are all real in the sense that each actor that plays the character is very believable in their part. When I was a senior in high school my friend and I would get drunk and watch this movie before every football game. This film has to be <more>
taken as a grain of salt. It is not any Shawshank Redemption or classic American drama but it is by far one of the top 3 best sports films ever made that represents an entire generation. This film is the epitome of high school in the 90's and 2000 beyond.THUNDERSTRUCK 10/10
Excellent film, and that whip cream bikini! (by baumer)
May contain spoilers:Even though my experience differs in the type of sport, I can completely relate and appreciate what the core of this film is about. And that is the compulsive, hereditary, obsessive behavior that peers and parents have towards their kids playing sports. I have lived in Canada all my life in what would be considered somewhere in between a city like New York and a town like West Canaan. Take a look at Springfield Illinois pop. about 300,000 and that is about the size of the cities that I have grown up in. And when I have been to and played hockey at local small rinks, <more>
parents become stupid. They yell at the refs, there is sometimes the threat of violence and really it is sheer luncacy that prevails at events like this one. Is it that they try to live vicariously through their kids? That they want to see their kids do something that they never could? Besides Kilmer being an idiot and a control freak in the film, I thought Varsity Blues' central issue was to show how obsessed we all are when it comes to sports and our kids achieving greatness, at any level.Varsity Blues is a great film. And what I enjoyed most about it was the acting and the football scenes. James VDB shows that he is capable of playing someone other than Dawson Leery. And his range in here is perfect. It also has to be mentioned that if this film was taken more seriously than it was, then I really think that John Voigt would be up for an Oscar nomination for his role as the control freak Bud Kilmer. He is the embodiment of an American football coach that seems to care only about his reputation and not his player's welfare. His southern, red neck twang, his pretencious gum chewing, his snarl when he barks orders and his domination of the entire town just by a simple comment made in a local diner shows how versatile and understanding of an actor that Voigt is. Coincidentally, I had just rented Anaconda two days before I saw this on Viewers Choice, and I was truly amazed at the range by Voigt. He really is terrific in this film. I also have to mention Ron Lester who plays Billy Bob, the guargantuanly over weight line backer with a heart of gold. At first when we meet him he is a caricature of every other over weight star athlete. He eats fatty foods like they were going out of style, he is the life of the party as he pukes and then comes back for more and he is one of the guys. But later in the film we see his character grow. There is more to his character than we initially see, and when he is given an opportunity to act, he is perfect as we see how he feels and how hurt he is. This really should be a breakout role for him. Varsity Blues has some of the best football action I've ever seen filmed. The plays are realistic looking, the hits are violent and the symmetry of the completed plays are awesome to watch. This is a film that makes you feel like you are really watching a high school football game.There is really nothing wrong with Varsity Blues and if you enjoy highschool themes like relationships and humour then you will probably love this film. And there is one more thing to love about this film, well two actually, if you are a guy that is. Ms. Davis and Darcy Sears. That whip cream bikini is something I'll never forget. What a dish.
Varsity Blues is a very predictable football drama that is very similar in tone and style to 2004's Friday Night Lights. While I like that film better, this is not a bad film at all. I was still able to root for and against some characters. This movie does a good job at holding my attention and bringing back some good high school memories.Brian Robbin's film is about a Texas football team in the town of West Canaan. After the star quarterback is injured, the back up guy, Moxon is forced to deal with his relentless coach Kilmer, his disapproving girlfriend, and his football-loving <more>
parents while starting in his new role that is all strange for him.The acting is pretty good. This is the first time I saw James Van Der Beek on film because I refuse to watch Dawson's Creek, but he does a pretty good job. Jon Voight gives a masterful performance as Kilmer and he just made me despise the character. Paul Walker does a good job and he does not even drive any cars! Overall, this may be a clichéd sports film, but there are some subtle differences such as scenes involving whipped cream, religious little brothers, and a health teacher who is much more than that. Despite some flaws, I couldn't help but root for the Moxon kid. I rate this film 9/10.
Excellent film - with a couple of "bonuses" (by caa821)
I like movies where you can enjoy them on different levels - in addition to the story and acting, per se. This movie, for me, is one of those. I love football flicks, and this was a good one. In terms of the football scenes, it may not quite be the equivalent of "North Dallas Forty," but the latter is the finest such film ever made. The performances of the actors playing the primary six high-schoolers, along with Jon Voight, were all engaging and well-performed. And besides the drama and the story, there were two other aspects of this presentation which I thoroughly enjoyed, as a <more>
"bonus."1. Jon Voight, whose work I have always enjoyed, with another performance or two leading a sports team, may win a "title" I never thought could be taken from the current holder. He could surpass the fine actor, G. D. Spradlin, as "the greatest horse's ass coach in the history of film!" Spradlin was splendid in this capacity as the coach in both the fore-mentioned "North Dallas Forty," and as the basketball coach in Robby Benson's "One-on-One." 2. In "The Natural" and "The Rookie," baseball movies starring Robert Redford and Dennis Quaid, respectively - each played a character one fictional, one real , about 10 years younger than the actual age of the actor. This, however, is not surprising, given both of their good-looks and fitness. And makeup, lighting and camera work permit performers to regress or advance in ages portrayed e.g. the great age span of Hoffman's character in "Little Big Man" . On the other hand, I found it engrossingly fascinating, viewing the six primary "high-schoolers" here, versus the actor's real ages at time of the film's release. Footballer Van Der Beck was the "baby" at 22, Caan 23, Walker 25 or 26, and Lester 29, perhaps 30. The two female leads, Amy Smart Van Der Beck's girlfriend , and Ali Larter the little sexpot cheerleader were both 23. Overall, everyone in this group would have been out of college for more than a year or two, and two of them in the post-college workforce long enough to have received a promotion or two in their jobs. But also interesting is that all of these were believable as high school seniors - neither detracting from the enjoyment of this fine movie, nor the fascination of this age discrepancy.
Since this is a teen-oriented film, I must confess that I wasn't expecting this to be very entertaining. However, thanks to a generally intelligent script and a great job by Jon Voight, this turned out to be surprisingly good. As you would probably expect in a teen movie, there are some scenes that seem juvenile and pointless, but thankfully, this film manages to limit these needless diversions. The central story, although a familiar one, is well written and rather interesting. Definitely worth checking out.
Surprisingly good! (by mattymatt4ever)
If someone checks out the trailer, one might think, "Another MTV-produced teen flick. I think I'll pass on that." Well, I went into the theater not thinking it was going to be bad, but I expected more of an amusing film that isn't really high on ingenuity. True, "Varsity Blues" has those standard teen elements like wild drinking parties, the school slut, etc. But it never overuses those elements. It's more of a compelling comedy-drama about football that delivers a fine message about sportsmanship. You have a pretty good idea how it's going to end up, but <more>
it's the way it's executed that makes it special. Jon Voight is absolutely terrific as the no-nonsense coach. He's the kind of character you want to stab in the chest every minute he's on screen, and Voight was a perfect choice. The film dabbles with elements of the sport that probably hit home to some high school football players. Voight's character has only one goal: winning. And he doesn't care how he gets to that goal. If he has to shoot drugs into every one of his players, he's going to arrive at that goal. And I'm sure there are coaches out there who have that selfish goal. Then James Van Der Beek comes along, and his character is not really concerned with winning or playing football in the first place. But he likes football, has fun with it and simply wants to play a good, honest game. If the team wins, good. If it doesn't, so what. He has a good locker room speech at the end of the movie. "Varsity Blues" is funny, moving and wonderfully acted. It might appeal more to teens and young adults, more than the older ones, but I still suggest everyone check it out.
Varsity Blues tells the story of a high school in a small town in Texas, where football is king. (by chrisbrown6453)
I'm sure we've all known of, or at least heard of places, where nothing is bigger than high school football. The starting quarterback runs the town, the coach is considered a God as long as he's winning , and the parents all live vicariously through their children. And most of the time, the kids actually playing football love the game too. But in the small town of West Caanan, the kids are running rampant, and the coach Jon Voight doesn't care. James Van Der Beek stars as Jonathon Moxon Mox , the backup quarterback of the high school football team. And he's happy with <more>
his situation. He gets to sit on the sidelines and read, hang out with the cool kids, and basically just wait until he can get out of this one horse town and head off to Brown University. But one day he sees the coach injecting pain killers into the knee of the starting quarterback. Then one of his best friends, Billy Bob, seems to have a concussion, but the coach makes him play. When the starting QB goes down, Mox is handed the team and is forced to decide whether to be the King of West Caanan, or to live his life the way he wants it to be lived. I guess it wasn't a bad movie. The football scenes were done extremely well, and I generally liked the people I was supposed to like, and didn't like the people I wasn't supposed to like. But the movie lacked a certain focus. There were too many other things going on that didn't seem to have anything to do with the movie. The whole stripper/teacher thing didn't do anything but make me think back to my high school years and realize I didn't want to see any of those teachers naked. Then there was the black running back who claimed that the coach was a racist. He said that whenever they got near the goal line, the coach would always give the ball to a white guy so he could soak up the glory. While that may have been true, there was nothing in the movie to show that the coach was a racist. The only thing in the movie that said he was a racist was the black player saying he was. The whole race issue seemed to be thrown in there just for the sake of having it, rather than serving any purpose. Some of the characters were too stereotypical. Mox's girlfriend for instance. As soon as Mox became the starting QB, his life started to change. In the town of West Caanan, starting QB was a position of popularity. But instead of letting Mox enjoy himself, even for a second, she started telling him he had changed. I figured that was going to happen, but don't you think a girlfriend would allow her boyfriend to enjoy his moment in the spotlight for just a few minutes before telling him he's not the man she fell in love with? Jon Voight's character was another one. I never played high school football, so maybe that's the way a coach is, but actually willing to ruin a kids life by making him play with a serious injury? And actually choking another player? I thought that his character went a little too far. It made him look extremely bad when that point had already been made.My last rant has to do with the character of Darcy. She was the cheerleader who was dating the starting QB. As soon as he got injured, she started hitting on Mox. When she finally got him to come over to her house, he resisted her. Then she broke down and cried, and Mox solved all her problems in a few seconds. Much too quick a resolution for her. But I must say, I'll never look at whipped cream the same way again. Overall I did enjoy Varsity Blues. It was fun to watch, even though it had a lot of script problems. The actors seemed to be having fun with their roles, and that made the movie better. So even though it had a lot of problems, overall it was enjoyable. And now, I'm off to find some whipped cream.