Starring Mark Wahlberg, Greg Kinnear, Elizabeth Banks, Kevin Conway.
Synopsis: (from Yahoo movies) When the coach of Vince Papale’s beloved hometown football team hosted an unprecedented open tryout, the public consensus was that it was a waste of time–no one good enough to play professional football was going to be found this way. Certainly no one like Papale–a down-on-his-luck, 30 year-old, substitute teacher and part-time bartender who never even played college football. But against these odds, Papale made the team and soon found himself living every fan’s fantasy–moving from his cheap seats in the upper deck to standing on the field as a professional football player.
Cafe Review: I really enjoyed this movie. For some reason, even before I became a fan of football (which for the record, really only happened last season), I was always a fan of football themed movies. I think it’s the “underdog must fight to win” theme that is rampant in these movies that gets me. In this film, we again meet the underdog, but whether it’s Vince Papale, The Philadelphia Eagles, or their coach, that depends on how you look at it. All three have something to prove, if not only to others, definitely to themselves. I thought Mark Wahlberg was great in the role of Papale, with a laid back sort of charm and charisma, that made you root for him, all while wanting to hug him to make him feel better. Well, to be fair, I’d hug Mark Wahlberg to make me feel better too, but that’s really besides the point, isn’t it? While we’re on the subject of Mr. Wahlberg, I have two very important points to discuss: 1. What is it with Mark and all these BAD hairdos for his movies? I mean, I realize he has to get into character and all, but he’s just too damn hot to ruin it with bad hair, don’t you think? However, point number 2…even with bad 70’s hair, still…HOT. Okay, that’s it, I’m done with that tangent for now.
I also really enjoyed the relationship between Vince and his “bar buddies” especially Kirk Acevedo as Tommy. There were some really subtly sweet moments in this movie. There were also some really funny moments. Overall, I just thought it was a “feel good” movie, “inspired” by a true story as it was, it just left me feeling all warm and fuzzy. (And no, I’m not talking about Mark again). Sheesh, what do you take me for? 😉
Rating: Here at Cafe Karina, we rate on a coffee scale. I give this one 4 out of 5 Cappuccinos.