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Slap Shot (1977)

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Genres:
Comedy, Hockey, Sports Comedy
Director:
George Roy Hill George Roy Hill
Starring:
Paul Newman Paul Newman
Strother Martin Strother Martin
Michael Ontkean Michael Ontkean
Jennifer Warren Jennifer Warren
Lindsay Crouse Lindsay Crouse

7.2 / 10 - Overall Rating

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To build up attendance at their games, the management of a struggling minor-league hockey team signs up the Hanson Brothers, three hard-charging players whose job is to demolish the opposition. --TMDb
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Review by Christopher
Added: August 09, 2004
A hockey team called the Chiefs are getting poor attendance for their shows and no publicity thanks to their loosing streak. Until management sings up the Hanson brothers. Three nerdy kids between the ages of eighteen and twenty. They are benched for the first couple games due to everyone thinking that they're just a bunch of idiot kids. But when they finally get on the ice, the entire team is just in awe of them. The Hanson brothers are making goals and beating the other team senseless. It then dawns on the other team members that they have to take advantage of this, seeings how it's their last year as a team.

This film is one of my favorite sport comedies of all time. Though it always has gotten a ton of negative reviews due to the language and mockery of the sport. I'm not a fan of hockey, but this movie was no way intended to make hockey look bad. They've taken the fighting concept of the sport and showed how much publicity a team could get if that's what one team took the sport to. The Chiefs were basically nobodies until the Hanson brothers came in and sparked a match under the team.

As great as the Hanson brothers are, they seem to fade away at the half way point of the movie. It starts to focus on two of the teammates relationships. One with his ex-wife and the other with his girlfriend. As it continued to keep my interest, the Hanson brothers just being around the other team members or owning everyone on the ice would have made the movie tons better. Though I suppose it had to have some what of a story line to piece the little things together. In any event, it's always awesome to see that such films made decades ago can still continue to be funny.

Final Conclusion: 8/10
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