Rated PG. There are 4 or 5 S-words, but nothing you won’t hear on TV.
The performances by the blue-chip prospects (not to mention Nick Nolte as their complicated coach) in the 38th Scoring At The Movies podcast are so much better than the movie as a whole. Was the problem with the script, even though sports-movie guru Ron Shelton wrote this? Was it poor choices in William Friedkin’s direction, particularly the inappropriate use of so much classic rock on the soundtrack? Was it studio interference? Well, something was missing, in any case, especially in the movie’s crappy second half. We DID appreciate the main theme of the massive corruption that’s long been present in “amateur” sports. The students are really just unpaid servants. This episode isn’t all serious criticism though. We enjoyed some of the film’s humorous touches, plus Ryan has a fun rant about “directional” schools. So don’t take a payoff…or abruptly quit because you were the payoffer. Just dunk this one into your earholes!
Twitter time: @moviefiend51 and @scoringatmovies
YouTube links: Coach Bell’s “motivational” speech to the guys and Bob Cousy shoots free throws and the real power in NCAA sports (rich boosters) and Neon plays an underground game and they beat Indiana and the coach quits
Previously on Scoring At The Movies: Lionheart
November 28th on Scoring At The Movies: The Hurricane