Sports movies are a phenomenon that escapes me. Much like the parakeet doorbells that Lebanese grandparents favor, they will continue to exist without any understanding of where they came from. There are very few that are tolerable and even fewer that don’t end in predictable victory and championship.
When it comes to American football movies, most praise goes to Al Pacino’s performance in Any Given Sunday. Granted, that’s a great speech in particular, loaded with Pacino vigor and Imdachampiyaaaaan chants in your head – yes, I’m mixing sports. This post, however, will be dedicated to Keanu Reeves’ 2000 film “The Replacements” just because of these scenes: