Though it would seem that Varsity Blues is only a football movie, you’ll soon realize that it’s really about being young and struggling to do the right thing now before the rest of your life finds you with regrets. The movie’s target audience is obviously teens, but it’s not half as fun as Dazed And Confused.
There is the all too obvious plot twist: John “Mox” Moxon (James Van Der Beek) is the backup quarterback who cares more about grades than football. He starts in the game when Lance Harbor (Paul Walker) suffers a serious injury after being tackled and having too many cortisone fixes. Coach Bud Kilmer (Jon Voight) loses it when Mox proves to be an independent thinker and leader on the field. This sparks the obvious ending.
The film lacks focus and strays much too often. If you are looking for fun with a little T&A, get Porky’s. And if you just want to laugh at being a teen, get American Graffiti. There are a lot of movies that do what Varsity Blues does, and they do it a hell of a lot better.
+ charlie craine