The Replacements (2000)

HOWARD DEUTCH

Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  USA, 2000.  Bel Air Entertainment, Dylan Sellers Productions, Warner Bros..  Screenplay by .  Cinematography by . Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by , .  

Fairly funny film that clunks along from scene to scene, never building up much in the way of comedic momentum. The film is weighed down by dull performances, from  as a scab football player hired during a professional players’ strike, to  in a tired bit as the coach who thinks he’s seen it all. Nothing inspired ever happens, even the football scenes aren’t very exciting, and then the film ends with a self-righteous message about professionals and their love of money over the spirit of the game.  makes a sparkling star debut as Reeves’ love interest, standing out from a cast of known character actors like and (Notting Hill) who are basically riffing off the personas we know them already for.

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