This spasmodic 1976 sports drama is based on the real-life rags-to-riches story of 30-year-old South Philly substitute teacher/bartender Vince Papale who was picked from an open tryout to play pro football for the flailing Philadelphia Eagles.
Elizabeth Banks adds effervescent charm to her role as Vince’s too-cool-for-school love interest Janet. Screenwriter Brad Gann shares the guilt for this predictable cinematic travesty along with composer Mark Isham whose bombastic musical score is akin to hammering a nail with a shotgun blast. Grab a few strong craft beers to get through this one; you'll need it.
Rated PG. 108 mins. (C-) (Two Stars)