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Invincible

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Released 2006

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Released:
2006
Rating:
PG

Invincible is a 2006 film about a young man's attempt to realize his dream and play in the National Football League. Though once a promising athlete, Vince Papale (Mark Wahlberg) has settled into an unremarkable life as a bartender. Though he wishes for more, Papale is still damaged by his failed marriage, which ended when his wife left him and told him he would never amount to anything. When new Philadelphia Eagles coach Dick Vermeil (Greg Kinnear) decides to try and spark interest in the team by holding open tryouts, Papale decides to give football one last shot. Though few expect anything to come from the open tryouts, Papale catches the eye of the Eagles' coaches and is invited to join the team. While he makes the team, Papale fails to get much playing time at first. Ultimately, though, Vermeil decides to give Papale a shot in a real game, and it is up to Papale to not only help the team, but change his life.

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  • 83

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Wahlberg, with shaggy hair and a pumped bod he wears more convincingly than any actor, plays Vince as a guy who truly doesn't expect to win. That makes his rib-bruising triumph all...

  • 70

    Variety Robert Koehler

    Handling both directing and cinematography duties, Core invests both with a clearly impassioned sense of place, period and perspective regarding this fanfare for common men.

  • 60

    The New York Times

    Invincible counters its predictably inspirational trajectory with close attention to historical detail and blue-collar hardship.

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Drama, Sports

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Football, Biography, Family Dramas