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The 5 Most Overrated Sports Movies

Prepare to be outraged. Sacred cows will be slain, barbecued and eaten with a side of cole slaw.

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Kyle Smith

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April 12, 2014 - 7:00 am
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5. Draft Day (2014)

It’s currently at 57 percent approval on Rotten Tomatoes, so it’s not highly rated. But it is highly amazing that anyone at all liked this football-illiterate soap about a Cleveland Browns general manager (a sullen-looking Kevin Costner) simultaneously having girlfriend problems (with Jennifer Garner, who plays his team’s salary-cap guru), dead-dad problems and personnel problems on the biggest day of year for general managers.

Sonny Weaver Jr. (Costner) trades three first-round draft picks at the annual NFL draft of top college prospects in order to move up six spots and select the hottest college quarterback in years. But then he worries he’s made the wrong decision because of a rumor that none of the jock’s teammates attended his twenty-first birthday party. Also he gets jittery because of a game in which the QB got sacked four times, though even a non-expert looking at the tape can see how the sacks were entirely the fault of poor blocking by the offensive line, not the quarterback.

In short, no one who knows anything about football can take this film seriously, and the romance between Costner’s character and Garner, is flat and tepid. Their arc? They’re having difficulties because he’s not very nice to her. But then he decides to be nice. The end.

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The next time Will Ferrell makes me laugh will be the first.
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Four of the five movies, I can't disagree that they are bad movies (I haven't seen Draft Day), but of the four I have seen, I can't describe them as "Sports Movies". Rather, they are movies that have some sports in them. A "Sports Movie" is a movie like "North Dallas Forty", "Any Given Sunday", or "Bull Durham."
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Chariots of Fire over-rated? What would you say was a good sports movie then?
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Kyle: If you read 'Eight Men Out'......and if you're interested in baseball history of the '10s, '20s and '30s......., and if you read the book the movie was based on "Shoeless Joe".......and if you've gone to the Joe Jackson museum in Greenville SC..........then you'd understand how poignant and powerful the movie 'Field of Dreams'.......is.
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The movie Rudy is one of the dumbest.
A moron single-mindedly pursues the goal of breaking every bone in his body, on the off chance that he will experience one play in one game.
A triumph of underachievement.
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If it weren't for the Rocky franchise, you could have simply listed Kevin Costner's sports movies. And for good measure, thrown in a couple of his non-sports movies as emphasis.
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I hate the phony liberalism in Field of Dreams. Be that as it may, the story does rise above it at the end. After all, liberalism makes it a point to allow denials of responsibility; the pain Costner feels throughout the film shows this is impossible.

Blades of Glory isn't a sports movie, as far as I'm concerned. It's a comedy, and a very good one at that. Jon Heder makes this a very funny movie. I'm no fan of Will Ferrell or his movies, but even here he and his character complement Heder and his character very well.

Two auto racing-related movies are missing from this list since they are undoubtedly worse than either Field of Dreams or Blades of Glory. The first is Ferrell's Talladega Nights. There are a few funny lines, but it is mostly unwatchable. The other is Days of Thunder. What Hollywood does to history in movies like Braveheart and Gladiator it did to NASCAR with this movie. And here is what is really bad about these two. They show a lot of shifting of gears just before one driver passes another, especially at places like Daytona and Talladega. Obviously, this is done for dramatic effect, but it never happens that way. Ever.
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The next time Will Ferrell makes me laugh will be the first.
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Surprised by all the hate directed at Field of Dreams (87% approval at Rotten Tomatoes). No list of worst sports movies is complete without Caddyshack II. And if you thought Rocky IV was bad (it was), didya see Rocky V? Finally, how The Replacements missed the list is a mystery.
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Sports movies are almost always a mistake. Baseball movies are always a mistake. When a sports movie is actually good it is always a character movie, like Rocky 1, or in the case of Raging Bull, about a bad character.
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Why are you denigrating Hallmark commercials?
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how do you leave Hoosiers off this list? Blue Chips, Semi-Pro, Breaking Away, I can't even think of a sports movie that was good
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Chariots of Fire, The Hustler, Slap Shot, The Bad News Bears (original with Matthau, not the crappy remake), Caddyshack, Brian's Song, just to name a few.
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Could not agree more about "Field of Dreams." I remember one sane critic dismissing this yarn as nothing more than a "male weepie" when it came out. It was such a transparent and sachharine attempt to tug at the heartstrings that, per Oscar Wilde and Little Nell, "One would have to have a heart of stone not to burst out laughing." Now if you ask about the BEST sports movie then that is and will always be "Slap Shot."
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Though I like Frank Whaley as an actor, he was horribly miscast in "Field of Dreams." Nobody, and I mean nobody, would ever mistake him for a young Burt Lancaster. At 5'10" and 210 pounds, I'd be more believable as a jockey.
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"At 5'10" and 210 pounds, I'd be more believable as a jockey."

Okay, now that's funny!

The mental image, I mean.

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Four of the five movies, I can't disagree that they are bad movies (I haven't seen Draft Day), but of the four I have seen, I can't describe them as "Sports Movies". Rather, they are movies that have some sports in them. A "Sports Movie" is a movie like "North Dallas Forty", "Any Given Sunday", or "Bull Durham."
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