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About the Movie
The Texas State Armadillos are fourth down and nowhere-to-go after a corruption scandal nearly ends the football program. Now upstanding coach Ed Gennero (Hector Elizondo) must put together a brand-new team. For the position of quarterback, Gennero recruits Paul Blake (Scott Bakula, Quantum Leap), a 34-year-old former high school star whose field of dreams turned out to be the family farm. Blake still has the arm, but can he score with a team that includes a samurai lineman, a butterfingered receiver, and a Samoan strongman with eyes for the placekicker (Kathy Ireland)? A winning comedy that’s loaded with "stand-up-and-cheer action!" (Bill Rocz, KPHO-TV, Phoenix)
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 29
- Fresh: 9
- Rotten: 20
- Average Rating: 4.4/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: If the movie were a farcical free-for-all ridiculing the hyper-competitive world of college football, it might be amusing. But it can never decide whether to be an athletic answer to National Lampoon's Animal House or icky-inspirational like Rocky.
Rotten: Avoid it because it's the sort of soporific cliche-fest in which every player gets exactly one measly trait, and the suspense about who's going to win the big game registers at absolute zero.
Rotten: This gridiron comedy piles up cliches the way Notre Dame racks up yardage, with an option-variety screenplay that promiscuously pitches the story in multiple directions.
Rotten: The shameless commercialism and hypocrisy of big-time college football is a target as inviting as a receiver wide open in the end zone. But the muddled huddle that is Necessary Roughness is one long fumble strewn with offensive lines.
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"Man that was forty yards..."
This movie is comic genius. Oh so many quotables! My brothers and I still quote the movie and the laughs never get old. Bunch of great and familiar faces, too.
"Come on, Banks! You're supposed to be hittin' a sled, not humpin' a butterfly!"
Fires on all cylinders
This movie is a fantastic comedy built around the sports team comeback model. Sinbad is hilarious! Not only is it a laugh a minute there is enough plot to make you care about the characters.