My friend, comedian Jonny Loquasto co-wrote and co-starred in a new sports comedy called The Thumb Wrestler . It's going to be awesome and ridiculous and if you've got a few bucks to help it get finished, hit up his indiegogo campaign. He's super into real wrestling and other manly type sports, while I am what Bostonians sneeringly call a "Pink Hat" But in honor of his movie and in embracing my girly non-sporty ways, I figured I'd make a list of the best sports movies (according to me).
If this is not tops on your list, man or woman, casual or serious fan, you are crazy. Charlie Sheen (before we knew he beat hookers and his wives), saving the day in nerd glasses (before they were cool.. wait a minute, did Charlie Sheen start the hipster movement???). Plus, it has given us a universal metaphor for your boss torpedoing the team, which I have referenced in a number of different professional situations.
Baseball makes for good comedies, I guess. Smoking hot Susan Sarandon & still hunky Kevin Costner. Hello? And, as far as movie groupies go, I've always identified far more with Annie's maternal style and love of the game than everyone's go-to Penny Lane. Plus, who doesn't like a good "old timer shows he's not over the hill" feel good ending?
Bring It On
Look, I was a cheerleader. I like cheerleader movies. And I love this one with Kirsten Dunst and Eliza Dushku, from the opening trippy dream sequence to the way it just casually glosses over the socioeconomic and race issues that make the central conflict possible, it's a fun way to spend an hour and a half.
I think this is the only Farrelly Brothers movie I like. It's weird and funny and awesome and I'll watch Woody Harrelson in pretty much anything.
Remember before we were sick of Adam Sandler and he hadn't made a bunch of dumb serious movies and he just did those formulaic dufus comedies that were so funny you didn't care they were formulaic? Go back to that happier time with Happy Gilmore. He fights with Bob Barker, gets tutored by a one-handed man, gets to beat out that jerk from Thelma and Louise and has that crazy happy place daydream... and he's doing it all for his grandma. Come on, don't you have a heart?
And now, you're asking, "What about Caddyshack ?" "What about Bad News Bears ?" and I will now admit I've never seen either of them. Sorry. And yes, I grew up in America. With a television.