Reviewed by Sandra Contreras Rating: Given the commercial cynicism of Hollywood's slate of teen-themed films, this coming-of-age drama scores big points for trying to honestly tell a story rather than just pass the time. But when his preening best friend and starting quarterback Lance Paul Walker is injured at the tail end of an almost perfect season, Mox is forced to take his place.
Despite his relative popularity at school, easy friendships with other players and smart and sassy girlfriend Jules Harbor Amy Smarthe is dissatisfied with his life. He wants to leave Texas to go to school at Brown University.
He is constantly at odds with his football-obsessed father, Sam Thomas F.
Duffyand dreads playing it under legendary coach Bud Kilmer Jon Voighta verbally abusive, controlling authoritarian who believes in winning at all costs. He has a strong track record as coach: His philosophy finally takes its A review of the movie varsity blues on all-state starting quarterback, Lance Harbor Paul WalkerMox's best friend and Jules' brother, who has earned a football scholarship to play for Florida State.
He is manipulated by Kilmer into taking anesthetic shots on an injured knee that finally succumbs to failure and results in even greater injury after getting sacked during a game. He is rushed to the hospital, where doctors are appalled at the massive amount of scar tissue found under his knee and determine that the effects of the injury are permanent and will prevent him from being able to play football for a year and a half, costing him his FSU scholarship.
Mox, who has accompanied Lance to the hospital, is shocked when Kilmer feigns ignorance to Lance's doctors about his knee problems, when in fact Kilmer ordered the trainer to inject the shots. In need of a new quarterback, he reluctantly names Mox to replace Lance as captain and starting quarterback.
The move brings unexpected dividends for him, one of them being Darcy Sears Ali LarterLance's cheerleader girlfriend, who is interested in marrying a football player in order to escape small-town life.
She even goes so far as to attempt to seduce Mox, sporting a " bikini " made of whipped cream over her otherwise naked body, but he rebuffs her as politely as he can and helps to cheer her up by telling her that she can get out of West Canaan on her own without anyone's help.
Disgusted with Kilmer and not feeling a strong need to win, Mox starts calling his own plays on the field without Kilmer's approval and takes his group of friends and teammates, including Lance, out to a strip club on the night before a game, which they subsequently lose due to poor play from still being hungover.
He also chides his father, Sam, screaming at him, "I don't want your life! When Kilmer becomes aware that Mox has earned a full academic scholarship to Brown, he threatens him that if he continues to disobey and disrespect him, he will alter his transcripts in order to reverse the decision on his scholarship.
Kilmer's lack of concern for his players continues, resulting in an emotional breakdown of offensive guard, Billy Bob Ron Lesterwho had suffered a head injury weeks earlier Billy Bob had missed a block when he passed out on the field as a result of this injury after Kilmer pressured him out onto the field, which allowed the hit on Lance that crippled his knee, in which Kilmer blames him for.
When starting tailback Wendell Brown Eliel Swintonanother friend of Mox's, is injured on the field during the final game of the season, Kilmer pressures him during halftime into taking a shot of cortisone, as he had done with Lance, to deaden the pain from his injury and allow him to continue at the risk of permanent injury.
Desperate to be recruited by a good college, Wendell agrees. Mox intervenes and threatens Kilmer that he'll quit the team if the needle enters Wendell's knee. Undaunted, Kilmer reminds him about altering his transcripts and orders Charlie Tweeder Scott Caanstarting wide receiver and friend of Mox, Lance and Wendell, to replace Mox, but he also quits.
Billy Bob also steps in to defend his teammates. Mox tells Kilmer that the only way they will return to the field for the second half is without him. Realizing that he will be forced to forfeit the game, he loses control and physically assaults Mox. The other players intercede and then refuse to take to the field.
Knowing his loss of control has cost him his credibility, Kilmer tries in vain to rally support and spark the team's spirit into trusting him, but none of the players follow him out of the locker room.Varsity Blues movie reviews and ratings ph-vs.com rating of out of 5 Stars.
Jan 15, · Watch video · Varsity Blues is a very predictable football drama that is very similar in tone and style to 's Friday Night Lights. While I like that film better, this is not a bad film at all.
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Varsity Blues () Parents Guide Add to guide (Coming Soon) Showing all 23 items Jump to: Certification; Sex & Nudity (7) Violence & Gore (9) They use the F word throughout the entire movie, sometimes 3 times in the same line. Edit. They use other profanites through the movie, but the f-bomb is used the most.
Add an item. Varsity Blues - Official Trailer Given the commercial cynicism of Hollywood's slate of teen-themed films, this coming-of-age drama scores big points for trying to honestly tell a story rather than. Varsity Blues is a American comedy-drama film directed by Brian Robbins that follows a small-town 3A high school football team and their overbearing coach through a tumultuous season.
The players must deal with the pressures of adolescence and their football-obsessed community while having their hard coach on their back constantly.