The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.
This month’s genre has been chosen by Tyler of the Geek Card Check and we will be reviewing our favorite Sports Themed Movies.
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Try to think out of the box!
Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Sports Themed Movies..
“A team isn’t a bunch of kids out to win. A team is something you belong to, something you feel, something you have to earn.” – Gordon Bombay
Number of Times Seen – at least twice (Video in the 90’s and 12 Apr 2022)
Brief Synopsis – A lawyer is forced to coach a teen hockey team after being sentenced to perform community service by a judge.
My Take on it – I decided that in order to make my guest choices of the Genre for the Genre Grandeur series more personal (and expand my own personal horizons of these genres), I will take a recommendation from my guest for a film to watch for this Genre Guesstimation series.
This series was Tyler’s choice for me to watch.
This is by far the best film in the trilogy.
It is an updated version of stories, films and TV shows like The Bad News Bears (1976) and they do a nice job of keeping it feeling fresh and unique.
Emilio Estevez is great as the coach even though on the surface, one might assume that this is not a role for him.
The film has a nice arc and despite the predictability of much of what happens it still stays fun and enjoyable from start to finish.
The way that they show the conflict with the coach is great because he doesn’t know which of his own mentors he needs to follow in the path to both a personal and communal victory.
The love story feels a bit tacked on and doesn’t work so well, but since it’s just a minor aspect of the story anyway, it doesn’t effect things too much.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Jake Gyllenhaal, who was unknown at the time, auditioned for the role of Charlie Conway, but his parents wouldn’t let him do the movie so the producers ended up casting Joshua Jackson. (From IMDB)
Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Not quite. Best of the series, but still not as profound and unique as one might hope for.
Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)
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