(out of 5)
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 Keanu Reeves as a scab football player hired during a professional players’ strike, to Gene Hackman 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. Brooke Langton makes a sparkling star debut as Reeves’ love interest, standing out from a cast of known character actors like Orlando Jones and Rhys Ifans (Notting Hill) who are basically riffing off the personas we know them already for.
Bel Air Entertainment, Dylan Sellers Productions, Warner Bros.
Directed by Howard Deutch
Screenplay by Vince McKewin
Cinematography by Tak Fujimoto
Produced by Dylan Sellers
Music by John Debney
Production Design by Dan Bishop
Costume Design by Jill M. Ohanneson