The Replacements

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With the pro football players on strike the owners hire substitute players and bring coach Jimmy McGinty out of retirement who puts together a rag tag band of misfit players to finish the last four games of the season for the Washington Sentinels.
I myself am not a sports fan but this fact did not stop me from thoroughly enjoying this really good movie. I have actually watched this movie several times and find that I still enjoy it every time I watch it. I think the quality of this film is largely due to the cast that was brought together and directed by Howard Deutch to make this movie.

We have Gene Hackman as Jimmy McGinty; the coach who brings in Shane Falco (Keanu Reeves) to lead as quarterback, a player notorious for his former game at Ohio State. I have never been a big fan of Keanu Reeves but I must say that the part in this movie suited him quite well. I found the antics and performance of their kicker Nigel “The Leg” Gruff (Rhys Ifans) to be an added delight.

There are some really good scenes in this movie and I’m sure that it can keep your attention. The romance between Falco and the cheer leading captain Annabelle Farrell (Brooke Langton) is very believable and adds a little spice to the movie as does some of the cheer leading scenes meant to distract.
I found the story to be original despite the football theme and thought the cast’s performance complimented one another. I would highly recommend this film.

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