In America, sports is king. In small town America, sports and the young athletes that represent the local high school carry of the weight of town on their shoulders.
In Varsity Blues (1999), the high school football Coach Kilmer (Jon Voight) is treated as a g-d in his small town. The young men who play on his team represent the hopes and dreams of those who live in the town. Coach Kilmer is ready to let his star player Lance Harbor (the late Paul Walker) lead the team to their 23rd division title. But his plans are derailed when Lance is injured and second string quarterback John “Mox” Moxon (James Van Der Beek) steps up to the plate, the coach questions if Mox can lead the team to victory.
When you’re a teenager, there seems to be immense pressure from every which way. Parents, teachers, friends are all on your back for something. But in an environment where Varsity Blues takes place, the pressure is on twice as hard. What makes this movie appealing is that Mox is the underdog who is not expected to succeed, but does.
I recommend it.