Several players from different backgrounds try to cope with the pressures of playing football at a major university. Each deals with the pressure differently, some turn to drinking, others to drugs, and some to studying.
An aimless young man who is scalping tickets, gambling, and drinking, agrees to coach a Little League team from the Cabrini Green housing project in Chicago as a condition of getting a loan from a friend.
In small-town Texas, high school football is a religion. The head coach is deified, as long as the team is winning and 17-year-old schoolboys carry the hopes of an entire community onto the gridiron every Friday night. In his 35th year as head coach, Bud Kilmer (Jon Voight) is trying to lead his West Canaan Coyotes to their 23rd division title. When star quarterback Lance Harbor (Paul Walker) suffers an injury, the Coyotes are forced to regroup under the questionable leadership of John Moxon (James Van Der Beek), a second-string quarterback with a slightly irreverent approach to the game. "Varsity Blues" explores our obsession with sports and how teenage athletes respond to the extraordinary pressures places on them.Written by
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In 2019 the FBI charged some 50 people (including several celebrities) with conspiracy to fraudulently influence academic and athletic admissions decisions at several elite colleges and universities. Multiple news outlets (including The New York Times, The Washington Post, NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, The Guardian, etc.) reported that the FBI's internal codename for the investigation was "Operation Varsity Blues," after the 1999 movie. One of that movie's stars, James Van Der Beek, tweeted a wry response to the scandal and its name: "If only there was a succinct turn of phrase these kids could have used to inform their parents they were not desirous of their life path..." This is a joking reference to the dramatic moment in the movie in which Van Der Beek's character in the movie, Mox, tells his father, "Playing football at West Canaan may have been the opportunity of your lifetime, but I don't want your life!" See more »
On Moxon's running touchdown, in the first series after he takes over from an injured Lance, Moxon hurdles a defender on the way to the end zone. In high school football, hurdling a defender is a penalty on the runner that would have negated the touchdown. See more »
From the previews, you would think that this movie is all fluff. But, there is actually a story involved here. Kids trying to be all that they can be despite a winning-obsessed coach (well played by Jon Voight) and pressures by parents and the town. Van Der Beek plays "Mox" very well, and there is a great soundtrack. It is better than most of the teen movies this year and deserves a watch.
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