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A review of the movie varsity blues

Nolan Price 29 July 1999 Having played football in West Texas for a 3-A dynasty team, this movie brings back the memories and the nightmares that a dynasty town can give. The scene with the convience store clerk giving Mox the beer is a regular thing as far as the players getting "special" treatment. The attitude of the players and coaches seem real.

For a glimpse inside the fame Texas football attitude, this is the movie to watch! Was this review helpful?

  1. But the movie lacked a certain focus.
  2. 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. But, there is actually a story involved here.
  3. Then there was the black running back who claimed that the coach was a racist.
  4. The only thing in the movie that said he was a racist was the black player saying he was. But, there is actually a story involved here.
  5. I thought that his character went a little too far. She was the cheerleader who was dating the starting QB.

Sign in to vote. Best teen movie of the year!! Adriane 29 June 1999 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.

The starting quarterback runs the town, the coach is considered a God as long as he's winningand the parents all live vicariously through their children.

And most of the time, the kids actually playing football love the game too.

  1. The scene with the convience store clerk giving Mox the beer is a regular thing as far as the players getting "special" treatment. Then she broke down and cried, and Mox solved all her problems in a few seconds.
  2. Some of the characters were too stereotypical.
  3. Best teen movie of the year!! But what Varsity Blues lacks in originality it makes up for with good natured boysy gusto.
  4. It was fun to watch, even though it had a lot of script problems.
  5. The starting quarterback runs the town, the coach is considered a God as long as he's winning , and the parents all live vicariously through their children.

But in the small town of West Caanan, the kids are running rampant, and the coach Jon Voight doesn't care. And he's happy with his situation. He gets to sit on the sidelines and read, hang out with the cool kids, and basically just wait until he can get out of this one horse town and head off to Brown University.

But one day he sees the coach injecting pain killers into the knee of the starting quarterback. Then one of his best friends, Billy Bob, seems to have a concussion, but the coach makes him play.

  • In the town of West Caanan, starting QB was a position of popularity;
  • The starting quarterback runs the town, the coach is considered a God as long as he's winning , and the parents all live vicariously through their children;
  • Then she broke down and cried, and Mox solved all her problems in a few seconds.

When the starting QB goes down, Mox is handed the team and is forced to decide whether to be the King of West Caanan, or to live his life the way he wants it to be lived. I guess it wasn't a bad movie.

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The football scenes were done extremely well, and I generally liked the people I was supposed to like, and didn't like the people I wasn't supposed to like. But the movie lacked a certain focus.

There were too many other things going on that didn't seem to have anything to do with the movie. Then there was the black running back who claimed that the coach was a racist. He said that whenever they got near the goal line, the coach would always give the ball to a white guy so he could soak up the glory.

While that may have been true, there was nothing in the movie to show that the coach was a racist. The only thing in the movie that said he was a racist was the black player saying he was.

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The whole race issue seemed to be thrown in there just for the sake of having it, rather than serving any purpose. Some of the characters were too stereotypical. Mox's girlfriend for instance. As soon as Mox became the starting QB, his life started to change. In the town of West Caanan, starting QB was a position of popularity. But instead of letting Mox enjoy himself, even for a second, she started telling him he had changed.

I figured that was going to happen, but don't you think a girlfriend would allow her boyfriend to enjoy his moment in the spotlight for just a few minutes before telling him he's not the man she fell in love with?

Varsity Blues Review

Jon Voight's character was another one. I never played high school football, so maybe that's the way a coach is, but actually willing to ruin a kids life by making him play with a serious injury?

  • As soon as he got injured, she started hitting on Mox;
  • Mox's girlfriend for instance;
  • He gets to sit on the sidelines and read, hang out with the cool kids, and basically just wait until he can get out of this one horse town and head off to Brown University;
  • But I must say, I'll never look at whipped cream the same way again.

And actually choking another player? I thought that his character went a little too far. It made him look extremely bad when that point had already been made.

My last rant has to do with the character of Darcy. She was the cheerleader who was dating the starting QB. As soon as he got injured, she started hitting on Mox.

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When she finally got him to come over to her house, he resisted her. Then she broke down and cried, and Mox solved all her problems in a few seconds. Much too quick a resolution for her. But I must say, I'll never look at whipped cream the same way again. Overall I did enjoy Varsity Blues. It was fun to watch, even though it had a lot of script problems. The actors seemed to be having fun with their roles, and that made the movie better. So even though it had a lot of problems, overall it was enjoyable.

And now, I'm off to find some whipped cream.