#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – A comedy based on the 1987 professional football players’ strike. Gene Hackman plays the coach of the team, Jack Warden is the owner, Brett Cullen is the All-Pro quarterback that goes on strike and Keanu Reeves is the “scab” who replaces the star QB.
Plot: Maverick old-guard coach Jimmy McGinty is hired in the wake of a players’ strike to help the Washington Sentinels advance to the playoffs. But that impossible dream hinges on whether his replacements can hunker down and do the job. So, McGinty dusts off his secret dossier of ex-players who never got a chance (or screwed up the one they were given) and knits together a bad-dream team of guys who just may give the Sentinels their title shot.
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Unoriginal but hilarious
Despite the fact that this film is a totally unoriginal and predictable retread of a dozen `losers to winners’ sports stories, it is so hysterically funny that I didn’t even care. The story is thin at best. The NFL is having a players strike and scabs are called in to finish the season. Our heroes are low on ability but high on desire and peculiarity. The quarterback, Shane Falco (Keanu Reeves), once had a promising career, but he fell apart psychologically when his team was pummelled in a college bowl game and he was labelled a player that folds in the big game. Of course, while visiting the NFL, Shane falls in love with the head cheerleader (Brooke Langton) who never dates players (except of course this once).
All this is merely a mundane excuse for a raucous and silly comedy that has some sidesplitting moments. To enjoy this film you really need two things. You need to love football and you need to enjoy slapstick, banana peel comedy. I realize that this limits the audience considerably, but for those who qualify (and I am one), this movie is a scream.
Director Howard Deutch (Pretty in Pink, Grumpier Old Men) did a great job on the football sequences. He hired 45 professional football players (Former NFL players, Canadian Football League, etc.) to do the football scenes and sent the actors to a three-week football camp. The action looked real because it was real. The players were told to play and hit the way they normally would. Of course, the plays were choreographed, but they were real football plays.
The comedy was lowbrow, outrageous and crass, with a great deal of physical comedy. The cheerleader scenes were a riot, especially the cheerleader tryouts. The scene where they started pantomiming sex acts to distract the opposing team was priceless. There was also sharp-witted football humor that required more than just a passing knowledge of the game.
There isn’t much serious that can be said about the acting. Keanu Reeves tried to play an earnest comeback and romantic role amidst all the foolishness and it really didn’t fit with the rest of the film. However, he was an excellent athlete. He did most of his own on-field shots and looked very believable as the quarterback. Gene Hackman was good when he was making snappy wisecracks, but his inspirational `Hoosiers’ imitation was misplaced.
This film really belonged to the supporting actors like Orlando Jones (Clifford Franklin), Michael Taliferro and Faizon Love (The Jackson Twins), Ace Yonamine (Jumbo Fumiko), Rhys Ifans (Nigel `The Leg’ Gruff) and all the cheerleaders who made the comedy work. Jon Favreau gets a special mention as the crazy S.W.A.T. officer turned linebacker who took the wild man role to the next level.
This film won’t be fun for everyone, but it will have certain people falling off their chairs. I rated it an 8/10. Subtract two points if you aren’t amused by slapstick and boorish behavior, and another two if you aren’t a football fan. For the rest of you, be prepared to split a gut.
The best football movie of the summer…
The Replacements: Professional football takes a turn for the bizarre when the players go out on strike – rather than suspend the season, the owner of the Washington Sentinels asks his coach to cobble together a team of replacement players to carry on.
Football on the big screen has been approached from almost every conceivable angle: humorous (“The Longest Yard”), love story (“All the Right Moves”), sport as metaphor for life (“Any Given Sunday”) and pathos (“North Dallas Forty”) are but a few examples. Essentially a composite of all the above, “The Replacements”, is loosely based on facts – the fictional Sentinels represent the Washington Redskins whose replacement players did quite well – the NFL however would not allow the film to use the name of any real teams).
If I remember correctly, (keep in mind that I’m not a sports fan and it was a long time ago) the NFL strike of 1987 was due to player dissatisfaction with the salary cap and the subject of free agents. The utter ludicrousness of multimillionaire sports figures pleading poverty is summed up in an interview with the striking quarterback for the Sentinels who says “Well $5 million might sound like a lot of money, but I have to give 10% to my agent.” Just then a colleague pipes up “And do you know how much it costs to ensure a Ferrari?!?” The frightening thing is that some players actually believe this stuff.
Reeves, not known for his dramatic flair, is believable as Shane Falco (it is after all Reeves’ third outing as a gridiron grappler), a forgotten quarterback who blew a promising career with one bad game . Brook Langton, Reeves’ love interest, is gutsy, subdued, and cute, but not obnoxiously so and. reminded me of a young Lauren Holly (before she became bitter.). The supporting cast does an excellent job, but I particularly enjoyed the casting of John Madden and Pat Summerall whose officiating lends an air of realism to the proceedings.
I do however have two misgivings about the movie: the trailer I saw this evening gives away some of the best parts of the movie (a trend that I’ve noticed is getting worse) and what is the preoccupation with football players vomiting (it played a role in “Any Given Sunday”)- I don’t find it particularly amusing.
That said, , “The Replacements” is uncomplicated, funny, and takes a few well aimed shots at professional sports. I recommend it to anyone in search of some light entertainment – just don’t pay full price.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 58 min (118 min), 1 hr 54 min (114 min) (Australia)
Genre Comedy, Sport
Director Howard Deutch
Writer Vince McKewin
Actors Keanu Reeves, Gene Hackman, Brooke Langton, Orlando Jones
Production Company Warner Brothers, Bel Air Entertainment
Sound Mix DTS, Dolby Digital, SDDS
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Panavision Camera and Lenses
Laboratory Technicolor, Hollywood (CA), USA (color) (prints)
Film Length 3,293 m (Spain)
Negative Format 35 mm (Fuji and Kodak)
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm