“Varsity Blues” Is Not Your Typical Texas High School Football Film – It is Much Better

st sports movies are mindless to the point of being pure, often profanity-laced entertainment-they are something to watch to pass the time of day, but you will not become a better person for having seen them because there is no message, much less a meaningful message. Varsity Blues is different because this is not a typical Texas high school football story.

In Texas, football teams do not play games, they engage in serious, civilized warfare. Since massive killing and scorched Earth practices are not accepted in modern society, Texas fans and their teams seek the next best result-win EVERY bloody game, hopefully with total domination so there is no need for bragging rights.

This would be true for the West Canaan www.ufabet Coyotes, whose coach Bud Kilmer (Jon Voight) is seeking his 23rd division title in 35 years of coaching. Kilmer has been around long enough to coach his former players’ sons, and then some. He is so driven, focused, nasty and determined enough to win that he will sacrifice the very health of his own players to get the job done.

Jon Voight is perfect in this role. Kilmer is self-centered, self-absorbed and extremely needy for power, adulation and turf success. Football is close to religion in Kilmer’s world, and he is god. One of Kilmer’s mottos is “Never show weakness, the only pain that matters is the pain you inflict.”

When his star quarterback, Lance Harbor (Paul Walker), is injured because he was playing when he should not have even been on the field, his replacement, John Moxon (James Van Der Beek) must step into the leadership role.

Even though he is a Texas high school football player with some talent, Moxon is everything he should not be-football is not his priority, he wants to go to college to get an education rather than play football, and he gets caught reading a novel hidden in the play book he is supposed to be studying. Funny thing is, he leads the team right up to the championship game. What happens in the climatic ending to this film is the reason you should be watching.