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Necessary Roughness

Necessary Roughness
Starring:
Scott Bakula and Robert Loggia


Rated: PG-13  for language
Reviewed by: Frank and Chris  
Release date: September 27, 1991

A film with all the expected challenges and situations. A forty year-old freshman quarter back, an assistant coach who is back for his last chance, a girl kicker, a team of losers, a dean out to crush the team, an affair between the journalism professor and the quarter back, a summa wrestler type from Samoa, and a struggling young man who is under the pressure of his father, who has contributed millions to the university, all come together in a film with little imagination or quality that for some reason works.

Scott Bakula is the aging quarterback and Robert Loggia plays the last-chance assistant coach. Every situation which has been played out about sport teams is pressed into this vehicle. Bakula is a football "natural". Hi has come back after sixteen years on the farm. The best team in the league is made up of brain dead zombies who get what they deserve in a final game in which the fastest team member finally catches a pass, a final play which makes a hero of the father dominated son and a kick in the right place by the female place kicker after she is crushed by unnecessary roughness long after a kick is off.

Don 't expect Hamlet but if this formula has worked for you in the past, you will enjoy a little more Necessary Roughness.

  Frank Chris Jim Nina Sam Howard Jennifer Kathleen  Avg. 
Necessary Roughness  C   C-                     C 

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