National Champions (2021)


“Seventy-two hours till the national goddamn title game, and I got to parade around in this dog-and-pony show.” – Coach James Lazor

Number of Times Seen – 1 (29 Dec 2021)

Brief Synopsis – On the night before a college football championship game, the players and staff must deal with unexpected issues that might lead to cancellation of the game.

My Take on it – Cleverly played out story that knows how to stay interesting via the dialogue.

The choice to have a football movie take place entirely in a hotel is genius because it adds so much to the impact that this story can have due to the close proximity of all of the characters.

The story plays out well ad allows the viewer to get a very clear idea of the positive and negative aspects of having college sports in such a high impact arena.

The film’s biggest problem tho is the fact that absolutely none of the characters are developed on anything more than a superficial level which is problematic.

J.K. Simmons once again gives a stellar performance in the lead but even he can’t help make things even more impactful.

The film brings up so many powerful issues related to college sports and this adds so much to the knowledge base of information that is usually kept on a more secretive level.

They do a nice job switching between the various sides in this story and that adds so much to giving an all around picture of the complex nature of these kind of situations.

Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The entire movie was filmed at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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