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The Replacements



Lightweight but likeable football story.
  • Review Date: May 7, 2003
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Year: 2000
  • Running Time: 118 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive role models

The team is multiracial and includes a deaf player.


Football violence, bar fight, punches and shoves.


Suggestive dancing by cheerleaders, sexual references.


Some strong and salty language.

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

A lot of drinking and smoking

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie includes some salty language, sexual references, and highly suggestive cheerleader moves. There is also substantial violence on and off the field, mostly punching and shoving, and a few mildly gross moments as well. Characters smoke and drink, and there are scenes in bars.

What's the story?

When pro football players go on strike, former coach Jimmy McGinty (Gene Hackman) is called in to assemble a new team for the Washington Sentinals. The other teams quickly hire professionals, but McGinty focuses on his file of talented players who for one reason or another, have never played pro ball. One had an injured knee, one is in prison, one is deaf, one is a Welsh soccer player, one is a sumo wrestler, and one, Shane Falco (Keanu Reeves) was a college superstar who quit after a disastrous showing at the Sugar Bowl. As McGinty says, these guys get "what every athlete dreams of, a second chance." They get to play for the love of the game and the challenge of defeating the other guys and their own demons. Loners get to be a part of a team. Their time on the field may be brief, but they leave forever changed.

Is it any good?


This is definitely a feel-good movie, and even though it asks us to suspend a little disbelief, we get to see "everyday guys" playing in the big league. It is a delicious fantasy and just plain fun to watch. Director Howard Deutch takes no chances, loading up the soundtrack with every classic sports movie standard from "We Will Rock You" to Gary Glitter's "Rock and Roll, Part II," and adding in some replacement cheerleaders who come from a strip club for some sizzle.

It all comes together nicely, and there are some very funny spots along the way. The romance between Falco and head cheerleader Annabelle Farrell (Brooke Langton) is handled nicely, making it clear that it is not until he begins to feel better about himself that he can allow himself to get close to her. The team's growing sense of loyalty and dignity and the coach's faith in them are warmly portrayed. And, when all else fails, the football games are a hoot.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what it is that makes people feel good about themselves, how a leader can make all the difference on a team, and whether fame and money hurt professional athletes and sports. Families should also talk about the coach's comment that the difference between a winner and a loser is that a winner gets back on the horse and keeps trying.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:August 11, 2000
DVD release date:November 28, 2000
Cast:Brooke Langton, Gene Hackman, Keanu Reeves
Director:Howard Deutch
Studio:Warner Bros.
Topics:Sports and martial arts
Run time:118 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:language, suggestive dancing, and sexual references

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Kid, 12 years old November 23, 2008

It was a feel good movie!

this movie was really good!!! it did hav some smoking and sexual stuff but it was awesome anyway!
Kid, 12 years old May 28, 2011

nice movie

good movie i'd let a 7 year old watch.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 11 years old April 9, 2010

Funny Football Show

The Replacements is a very funny movie about pro players going on strike and the coach recruiting replacement players. The language is very rough and there is are some sexual references including suggestive dancing from the cheerleaders. There are 2 F-words and otherwise frequent cursing. Funny movie that the family will enjoy with teens.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing


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