Any Given Sunday

Starring: LL Cool J, Al Pacino, Dennis Quaid, James Woods, Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz, James Caviezel, Jim Brown

Directed by: Oliver Stone

Produced by: Warner Bros., Donners' Company, The, Illusion Entertainment, Ixtlan Corporation

Distributed by: Warner Bros.

Genre: drama

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Review by Xibo Date seen: January 4, 2000
Viewing Location: NYC 42nd st Grade: B
Summary: A nice drama centered around football personalities.
So we have a crusty old coach (Al Pacino) in a fictional football league, who just lost his crusty old star quarterback (Randy Quaid) to an injury and is forced to start the young punk rookie quarterback (Jamie Foxx) who still has a lot to learn about leadership (LL Cool J does a great job as his teammate). Meanwhile, the team's owner is an inexperienced woman (Cameron Diaz) who inherited the team from her father, and she's making some mistakes. In addition we have two team doctors, a good doc and a bad doc (excellently done by James Woods) who are at odds on how injured a player can be yet still play.

So, we've got enough star power and directorial skill to blow up the death star, which guarantees a great time. The two factors against this film are one, its length, well over two hours, and two, the football is all fake, so if you're a football fan you're not going to see any football (other than grunts and closeups), which is very disappointing. Maybe Stone isn't a football fan. 

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Review by Z Date seen: December 14, 2000
  Grade: B+
Summary: loud, histrionic guy movie
Well, if you enjoy sports movies at all you'll probably see this. Not much to say except that Oliver Stone is as overwrought as usual. 

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