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September 22, 2006


Colesmithey.comMark Wahlberg brings unjustified potency to this strung together series of music videos by newcomer hack director Ericson Core.

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)


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