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Slap Shot

1 rating: -2.0
Action & Adventure, Comedy, and Sports movie directed by George Roy Hill

Paul Newman and hisButch Cassidydirector, George Roy Hill, made a very original comedy in this 1977 story of an over-the-hill player/coach (Newman) for a lousy hockey team who gets results when he teaches his players to get dirty. One of the most hilariously … see full wiki

Director: George Roy Hill
Genre: Action, Comedy, Sport, Adventure
1 review about Slap Shot

A dull and often simplistic movie, one of Newman's worst

  • Oct 17, 2009
Paul Newman has had many roles where he played dynamic and complex personalities. This is not one of them; Newman is the head coach of a minor league hockey team that is suffering financially and about to be folded. Newman's solution is to turn the team into a goon squad, where the players now fight more than skating and the crowds are wild. The action on the ice has more in common with professional wrestling than it does with sports. Attendance soars and the team is now profitable. Newman is crude, dropping the f-word everywhere, including in a meeting where he encounters the female owner of the team for the first time.
Newman also has other female relationship problems, he is separated from his wife and they are both seeing other people. The simplicity of his approach to life and hockey is not attractive, although at the end, he wants to play the championship game as one of hockey. No more muggings for the crowd, he wants to make it a real game. Of course, Newman's team wins the championship but in the most absurd manner possible. The case describes the movie as "outrageously funny", but to me it never gets beyond the "outrage" segment.

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