Varsity Blues

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +2

Content: -3

Folks in the small town of West Canaan, Texas, idolize Coach Kilmer (John Voight) and his winning high school football team, the Coyotes. Dads coached by him 20 or 30 years ago push their sons to play football, the only game in town. Coach doesnt tolerate losing or anything less than total submission from his players. But Mox (James Van Der Beek), the second string quarterback who dreams of a scholastic scholarship to Brown University, isnt drawn into the coachs web. He sees him as an egotistical zealot interested only in a winning team. Suddenly Mox is catapulted into the limelight when Lance, the star quarterback (Paul Walker), suffers a severe injury on the field. Under Moxs leadership, his teammates learn that honor makes champions, not touchdowns. Along with the conflict between Coach and Mox, there are many rowdy comedic antics that will make Varsity Blues a hit with teenagers.

The film gives viewers a hard look at the all too common affliction of athlete worship. Scoring on the field wins adoration for the players. Parents allow their children to be injected with painkillers so they can stay in the game. Girls throw themselves at team members, eager "to score" in bed. Law enforcement officers ignore drunk driving, all-night drinking parties and lewd behavior. Over 50 obscenities and five regular profanities are spewed out by teenagers and adults. Lance and his cheerleader girlfriend are interrupted while having sex at a party when a drunk boy barges in and throws up in a washing machine but no nudity is shown. Drunk football players and their girlfriends steal a police car and drive around town naked revealing breast and rear nudity. The guys go to a strip bar for an all night party and recognize their biology teacher performing lewd, topless dancing. A cheerleader tries to seduce Mox by spreading whipped cream on her naked body. Coach Kilmer badgers, intimidates, and curses the athletes, and the violence on the field is unrelenting. Filthy language, nudity, violence and crude humor almost bury Moxs commendable courage to make his team true champions.

Preview Reviewer: Mary Draughon
Paramount Pictures, Viacom, Inc., 5555 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many (29) timesMild 10, Moderate 19

Obscene Language: Many (57) times (f-word 39, s-word 14, other 14)

Profanity: Several (6) timesRegular 5 (GD 3, G 1, J 1), Exclamatory 1

Violence: Many timesModerate (athletes suffer blows to head, painful tackles; teenager breaks fathers nose accidentally; coach verbally abusive)

Sex: Once (high school couple at party, no nudity)

Nudity: Several times (naked teenagers in car with breast nudity and rear male nudity; topless dancers in club) Near Nudity: Few times (girl with whipped cream barely covering her)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Many times (sex education class displays explicit diagram of male sex organ, students recite explicit words; teenagers kissing and petting)

Drugs: Many times (teenagers drinking hard liquor out of bottle and beer; drunkenness several times; players use painkilling drugs)

Other: Young boy studies Eastern religions, tries to form a religious cult

Running Time: 99 minutes
Intended Audience: Teenagers

Click HERE for a PRINTER-FRIENDLY version of this review.