"Brett Cullen and Keanu Reeves - yes, Yes, YES!!!"
What is it with so many reviewers (on e-critic and elsewhere), taking "The Replacements" so seriously? Is is because it was based on a quasi-historical account of successful scab players for the sacred American football? Is sport our new ineffable God?
Get over yourselves - "The Replacements" is a feel-good comedy about losers coming good for a brief, and hence the more sweet, success. It does work as a slapslick comedy, much like the Naked Gun series, and NEVER claims to be more than a comedy. Hello, do we ever laugh at ourselves anymore?The scenes with the lapdancers cum cheerleaders used as a weapon to win the game is fantastic, a chat up scene with a less than reluctant reporter, and a lot of great one-liners keep us entertained. Football is background to the comedy, and is utilised as the base for the familiar story of losers finding success.
Not only is "The Replacements" a comedy that works, it also boasts two hunks of American cinema, Brett Cullen as the evil Martel, AND Keanu Reeves in his most believable role yet, as the scab quarterback star, Shane Falco.... Yeaah BABY! Who could ask for more? Add the delectable Brooke Langton, Gene Hackman and Rhys Ifans, you've got some great actors and enough eye-candy to keep it interesting. The only problem is some of Brett Cullen's scenes got cut, and his character was not developed enough into a three-dimensional villain.Yet in the end, who cares as long as we enjoy ourselves with some harmless fun. Beats psycho-sicko movies like Silence of the Lambs and the Cell any day.