Varsity Blues

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Varsity Blues is a 1999 American comedy and drama sports movie. It is about a small town high school football team and their coach.

Plot[change | change source]

Jonathan "Mox" Moxon is an intelligent and academically talented quarterback on the West Canaan High School football team. But although he is popular at school, has a smart girlfriend and has easy friendships with other players, he isn't satisfied with his life. He wants to attend Brown University in Rhode Island. He is constantly disagreeing with his football-obsessed father Sam.

The verbally abusive Bud Kilmer cares just for winning, and at all costs. Kilmer has won two state titles and 22 district championships. His philosophy, though, begins taking a toll on the team's all state starting quarterback, Lance Harbor. Harbor is Jules's brother.

Cast[change | change source]

Reception[change | change source]

The movie opened at #1 at the United States' box office. It made $17.5 million in its opening week.[1]

Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times said in his review: "Scenes work, but they don't pile up or build momentum."[2]

Awards[change | change source]

1999 Teen Choice Awards
  • Choice Movie: Breakout Star — James Van Der Beek (won)
  • Choice Movie: Drama (nominated)
  • Choice Movie: Soundtrack
1999 MTV Movie Awards
  • Best Breakout Male Performance: James Van Der Beek (won)
  • Best Movie Song: Nice Guys Finish Last by Green Day (nominated)
2000 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards
  • Best Male Newcomer: James Van Der Beek (nominated)

References[change | change source]

  1. "Moviegoers Get the Blues". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 5, 2019. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  2. "Varsity Blues". Roger Ebert. Retrieved October 5, 2019. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)