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by Kelly Palma

"The Kick Is Up & It's A Good Fun Football Movie With Heart & Lots of Laughs"
4 stars

Wildcats is a fun trip "back in the day" to 1986, a little movie that in the U.S. alone made over $26 million and can now be seen practically every weekend on cable rerun heaven aka TBS.

Goldie Hawn stars and executive produces this film about her character Molly McGrath who has dreamed of being a football coach her whole life. Molly finally gets her chance, but there is a catch - the job is at Central High in the heart of urban Chicago. The main storyline follows Molly in her attempt to take a rag-tag bunch of kids (young Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes) and turn them into champions, despite the fact that others are betting on how bad she'll fail and when exactly she will quit. Other storylines include how Molly interacts with her ex-husband and his new wife (James Keach and Jan Hooks) and her daughters and sister (Robyn Lively, Brandy Gold and Swoosie Kurtz). Robyn Lively was even nominated for a Young Artist Award for her work in this film.

The style of the movie is very apparent - from the opening credits you immediately know this is about football. There are enough laughable moments to keep you entertained; for example, the cheer by the Wildcat Cheerleaders "You Ain't Got No Alibi - You Ugly Yeah, Yeah You Ugly" and even the locker room scene where they steal the opposing team's goat and Principal Edwards (Nipsey Russell) comes in and Molly has to cover up the fact that it is there. Wesley Snipes has great one-liners throughout the film including, "Let's go eat some pussy," about beating the Cougars and one in the form of a pickup line aimed at Jan Hooks, "What's your name sweet thang and your favorite sexual position." My only complaint was that some of the scenes with Molly's daughters and ex-husband dragged on for what seemed like forever.

The main message of the movie is that you can do anything if you put your mind to it. Schmaltzy though it may be -- doing what you love and believing in yourself is a great message for anyone at any age. Although I wouldn't exactly say this is a movie for any age, they do use the F word quite a bit and there are some sexual situations. But if you happen to catch this on TV then by all means the message is great and the offending situations and words will most likely be cut or bleeped out. I have to say this is probably my favorite "Football" movie from back in the day ? current day I would probably pick Remember The Titans. Goldie is great as her usual loveable self, a woman attempting to do what everyone says she can?t. In my eyes she made the touchdown with this film; great message, great story, great film. Way To Go Goldie!

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2/01/17 david froman good movie to watch if nothing else on 3 stars
11/03/09 RLan A typical, watch the underdogs triumph sports movie. Not worth the time. 2 stars
12/14/05 brittany bowersox it is the beast 5 stars
10/28/03 Zeb Alpine Goldie's butt is looking firm, round and nice as ever in this movie. 3 stars
9/11/03 filmfatale Fun movie with good memories 4 stars
9/09/03 Oompah Loompah Mmmm... Robyn Lively.. 3 stars
12/29/02 Jack Sommersby Fun; but Hawn's awesome butt is the standout! 3 stars
10/14/02 Charles Tatum Can Hawn play anything else besides "plucky?" 3 stars
1/27/02 Andrew Carden The First Half Is A Unfunny Mess, Going One Place To Another. However, The 2nd Half Is Good 3 stars
1/01/01 Destruction Worker A movie about football?!? What kind of moron came up with that idea? 1 stars
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  02-Feb-1986 (R)
  DVD: 11-Jul-2006



Directed by
  Michael Ritchie

Written by
  Ezra Sacks

  Goldie Hawn
  Swoosie Kurtz
  Robyn Lively
  James Keach
  Jan Hooks
  Nipsey Russell

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