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Story

The Replacements manages to be both completely formulaic and yet immensely enjoyable. When a professional football players' strike happens, the owner of a fictitious team, the Washington Sentinels, commissions maverick coach Jimmy McGinty (Gene Hackman) to pull together a team. McGinty selects a collection of talented oddballs--a Welsh soccer player, a sumo wrestler, a couple of professional bodyguards--with athletic pasts, figuring that if it doesn't work out as a game, it might as well be a circus. To lead the team, he finds Shane Falco (Keanu Reeves), a once-promising player who had a disastrous championship game. Naturally, despite squabbling and bickering, a roguish camaraderie develops through a mixture of racial infighting, harassment from the striking professionals, and a big bar brawl--after which they're all thrown in jail and perform the most improbable impromptu dance number ever committed to film. The mixture of cheerfully cliché plot mechanics, an engaging collection of supporting actors (including Orlando Jones, Rhys Ifans from Notting Hill, and Jon Favreau from Swingers), and sheer ridiculousness somehow combines to make The Replacements completely entertaining. Reeves is somehow turning into a pleasant leading man; he even emotes convincingly in this movie. And let's face it, Gene Hackman is quite possibly the greatest actor alive, able to speak the trashiest dialogue with fierce conviction. Plus, just to prove that the tight pants and close huddles of football are heterosexual, there are many, many shots of cheerleaders going through stripper-inspired routines. --Bret Fetzer

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen
  • Dolby

Cast

Keanu ReevesShane Falco
Gene HackmanJimmy McGinty
Brooke LangtonAnnabelle Farrell
Orlando JonesClifford Franklin
Faizon LoveJamal Jackson
Michael TaliferroAndre Jackson
Troy WinbushWalter Cochran
David DenmanBrian Murphy
Jon FavreauDaniel Bateman
Michael JaceEarl Wilkinson/Ray Smith
Rhys IfansNigel 'The Leg' Gruff
Gailard SartainPilachowski
Art LaFleurBanes
Brett CullenEddie Martel
Evan ParkeMalcolm La Mont
Jack WardenEdward O'Neil
Robyn PetersonMrs. O'Neil
Keith DavidLindell
Sarah Ann MorrisHeather
Caroline KeenanDawn

  • Genre: Comedy Movies
  • Director: Howard Deutch
  • Producer: Warner Brothers
  • Length: 118 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaAug 11, 2000
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG-13
    Europe12
    AustraliaM
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaFeb 3, 2004
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