• Varsity Blues (1999)

Varsity Blues

Release Date: 1999

DVD Release Date: June 29th, 1999

R |1 hr 44 min

Plot Summary

In West Canaan, Texas, high school football reigns supreme. When starting quarterback Lance Harbor (Paul Walker) turns up injured, the Coyotes' ruthless coach, Bud Kilmer (Jon Voight), must promote benchwarmer Jonathon "Mox" Moxon (James Van Der Beek) to lead the team in its quest for a divisional title. Suddenly thrown into the spotlight, Mox must deal with the pressure of carrying the aspirations of an entire town on his shoulders, as he struggles to pursue his own very different dreams.

Cast: James Van Der Beek, Jon Voight, Paul Walker, Ron Lester, Scott Caan, Richard Lineback, Tiffany C. Love, Amy Smart

Director: Brian Robbins

Genres: Comedy drama

Production Co: Paramount Pictures, Marquee Tollin/Robins, MTV Films

Keywords: Amusing, Underdog, Growing up, Father, Rousing, 1990s, Melodramatic

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Ratings & Reviews

  • 50
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    A movie that doesn't buy into all the tenets of our national sports religion; the subtext is that winning isn't everything. show more

  • 63
    John PetrakisChicago Tribune

    If you are willing to overlook the occasional missed block, clumsy tackle or dropped pass, there is more than enough in Varsity Blues to keep you engrossed. show more

  • 63
    James BerardinelliReelViews

    Unfortunately, Voight is not in every scene, and, when he's absent, Varsity Blues has a tendency to flounder, descending into the realm of formulaic sports movie melodrama. show more

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