Youngblood (1986)


“To the game and getting out of this hick town! Thank God there is a sport for middle-sized white boys.” – Derek

Number of Times Seen – at least 5 times (cable in the 80’s and 11 Jul 2017)

Brief Synopsis – A young hockey player gets accepted to play for a semi-professional league but doesn’t realize how difficult it could be for him.

My Take on it – This is yet another film that I’ve seen numerous times on cable as a kid and had fond memories of how it all comes together.

Unfortunately, this film just doesn’t stand up so well after three decades.

Both Rob Lowe and Patrick Swayze are fine here, but neither of them really are able to make this films story any better to watch unfold.

The story itself is quite mediocre and is basically a typical 80’s sports film.

None of the characters themselves are really that interesting and they all just go through typical motions that are quite expected to happen in films like this.

This film is filled with so many sports movies cliches that it is somewhat laughable.

It can be fun to watch parts of this film, but I suspect that the biggest fans of a film like this are the ones who want to see the two main characters take off their shirts; because that’s pretty much all one can really get from this film.

Bottom Line – Pretty mediocre 80’s film. Swayze and Lowe are fine here but ultimately nothing they can do could make this script even more interesting. Many of the things that happen in this film are pure sports cliches.  This helps keep things fun to a point but ultimately, this is just a film for fans of the two main characters who were known heartthrobs at the time.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Keanu Reeves had hockey experience upon being cast, having been MVP and nicknamed “The Wall” for his goal-tending capabilities at De La Salle’s college team in Toronto. Patrick Swayze had been trained as a figure skater, but never played hockey, and Rob Lowe had to be taught to ice skate before filming began. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy

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