Varsity Blues

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Paramount Pictures Released 1999

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Director:
Brian Robbins
Released:
1999
Rating:
R

Varsity Blues is an American sports film chronicling the championship winning football team at West Canaan High School in Texas. Jonathan "Mox" Moxon (James Van Der Beek) is a gifted quarterback who aspires to attend Brown University. Despite his football-obsessed father (Thomas F. Duffy), Mox has little desire to play, and doesn't like his coach Bud Kilmer (Jon Voight). Under his misguided coaching skills, Kilmer leads Mox's best friend and fellow quarterback Lance Harbor (Paul Walker) into a serious knee injury. Mox is then named starting quarterback for the team, but refuses to follow Kilmer's plays. Kilmer threatens Mox with revoking his recently acquired scholarship to Brown if he does not follow his orders. Mox must then face the decision of standing up for what he believes in or taking orders from a coach he doesn't respect. Also starring Amy Smart, Scott Caan, Ron Lester, and Richard Lineback Varsity Blues was directed by Brian Robbins.

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  • 70

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    A paint-by-numbers story that offers no surprises and a hero and villain etched in white and black with few shades of gray.

  • 60

    Los Angeles Times John Anderson

    A trashy little movie about drinking, football and drinking, is also one of those films that pretends to moralize about the very behavior it milks for every giggle it can get.

  • 40

    Variety Joe Leydon

    An unappetizing mix of raucously vulgar comedy and teen-angst melodrama.

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    Comedy, Drama, Sports

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    Romantic Comedy, Love & Romance, Dramedy