Replacements, The (2000)
Front Cover Actor
Keanu Reeves Shane Falco
Gene Hackman Jimmy McGinty
Brooke Langton Annabelle Farrell
Orlando Jones Clifford Franklin
Faizon Love Jamal Jackson
Michael Taliferro Andre Jackson
Ace Yonamine Jumbo
Troy Winbush Walter Cochran
David Denman Brian Murphy
Jon Favreau Daniel Bateman
Rhys Ifans Nigel "The Leg" Gruff
Jack Warden Edward O'Neil
Michael "Bear" Taliferro Andre Jackson
James Black
Brett Cullen
Keith David
Greg Goossen
Movie Details
Genre Comedy
Director Howard Deutch
Producer Dylan Sellers
Writer Vince McKewin
Studio Warner Brothers; WARNER HOME VIDEO
Language English
Audience Rating PG-13
Running Time 1 hr 58 mins
Country USA
Color Color
Plot
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
Personal Details
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Index 1469
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 11/19/04
Store Best Buy
Owner JC
Links Amazon US
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Folder 012
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio 1.85:1
UPC 085391858522
Chapters
Release Date 9/14/04
Subtitles English; French
Audio Tracks English Dolby Digital 5.1
French Dolby Digital 5.1
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned Widescreen Dolby