Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Tuesday's Overlooked Movies: Necessary Roughness


This is the usual college football comedy with the usual team of misfits (in this case led by an overage quarterback played by Scott Bakula and a female placekicker played by Kathy Ireland) going up against overwhelming odds and triumphing. But it's fairly funny, with a good supporting cast including Hector Elizondo and Robert Loggia as the coaches. The real reason I like it, though, is because it was filmed mostly on the campus of North Texas State University only a few years after I graduated from there, so as I watched it could say "I recognize that building" and "I walked along that sidewalk to class every day". On top of that, the farm scenes (Bakula's character is a farmer before he goes back to school) were filmed out in the country not far from where we live, so I recognized those settings, too. Clearly, it doesn't take much to entertain me.

7 comments:

Scott Parker said...

I, too, enjoy the movie precisely because I can recognize the buildings on the campus of the University of North Texas (as it was known when I was there for graduate school). Plus, it has Jason Bateman in it during his "middle period" before Arrested Development so that's not a bad thing. Charming film, and I usually watch it whenever it's on TV.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Although the title is familiar, I don't think I ever saw this one. Not so big on sports' movies. Still trying to get myself to see 42.

Bill Crider said...

We were at a conference in Denton while the movie was being filmed, and the actors were staying in our hotel. As Judy likes to say, she breathed on Robert Loggia. We also mingled with Hector Elizondo and listened in when Jason Bateman's minion called a club to try to assure that Bateman would be lionized if he happened to drop by. It was pretty funny because the guy the minion was talking to obviously had no clue as to who Jason Bateman was.

James Reasoner said...

My brushes with movie star fame include seeing Steve McQueen's back when they were filming THE GETAWAY in San Marcos and mistaking Peter Ustinov for a homeless guy when they were shooting some of LOGAN'S RUN in Fort Worth. And I worked in a video store with a guy who was an extra in BONNIE AND CLYDE.

Charles R. Rutledge said...

Living in Georgia, I do the same thing watching the Walking Dead. "I know where that is. Hey THAT's not the CDC!"

Hank Brown said...

This was a cute one. I watched it a few times. Loggia's halftime speech is possibly the best locker room pep talk ever given.

Anonymous said...

My favorite locker room speech was Vincent Gardenia's in BANG THE DRUM SLOWLY.

Jeff M.