Parents' Guide to

Varsity Blues

By Alistair Lawrence, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

High school football drama has swearing, nudity, sexism.

Movie R 1999 106 minutes
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A likable sports drama but one that shows its age, this movie captures both the camaraderie of high school football and the pressure placed on the young people who play it. The central premise about a gifted football player, Mox, who doesn't actually care about playing football makes for a differing and interesting approach to other sports movies. Yet Varsity Blues does fumble the ball on a number of occasions, with jarring sexist and misogynistic behavior that is cliched and played for misguided comedic effect.

Its greatest weakness is that almost every female character is either sexualized or given little screen time. Mox's girlfriend, Julie (Amy Smart), is the one exception. But even when she and Mox discuss escaping their hometown for a better life, it's not explored with any great gusto, preventing her from becoming more three-dimensional. To its credit, the drama builds to a neat, effective climax, and manages to keep things light without ignoring some important issues.

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