This a Covid-19 2020 minireview!
Number of Times Seen – 3 Times (11 Dec 2006, 17 Oct 2013 and 15 Oct 2020)
Link to original review – Here
Brief Synopsis – Based on the true story of a football fan who competed for a chance of a walk on spot for his hometown professional football team and was given a chance to prove himself.
Bottom Line – Very inspirational film that works on numerous levels. Mark Wahlberg is superb in the lead role and really makes things so convincing to watch. The plot is great and makes us really believe that sometimes when one has aspirations like this one you need to strive to reach those goals no mater how lofty thy may seem. Greg Kinnear is also great here as the coach who takes the chance on this unknown player in order to try and motivate the rest of the team by his actions. The love story aspect of the film feels a bit tacked on but regardless, Wahlberg and Elizabeth Banks have great chemistry together. The story is told in a very inspirational way and that enhances things so much. Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In November of 2002, NFL Films showed Vince Papale’s story on ESPN during Monday Night Football. It was part of a special to commemorate the 26th anniversary of Rocky (1976). The four minute piece about Vince captured the attention of Hollywood, and soon a film was in the works. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10) (no change from original review)
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