Five movies to watch when you’re done with “Home Team”
Home team is a 2022 American sports comedy film directed by Charles and Daniel Kinnane, written by Chris Titone and Keith Blum, and produced by Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions and Kevin James’ Hey Eddie Production. The film stars Kevin James, Taylor Lautner, Rob Schneider, Jackie Sandler and Tait Blum. The film is based on real events and follows the story of New Orleans head coach Coach Payton during his one-year suspension from the NFL. The film centers on Coach Payton as he reconnects with his son coaching their football team. Variety praised Kevin James in the film’s review, saying, “Kevin James is both the film’s most obvious brand signifier and its most surprising asset: as a heavily fictionalized Payton, his gruff energy of beaten dog gives this corndog of a movie its flavor.” Home team is a sports comedy movie you can watch with the whole family. If you’re still looking for sports movies that feel good, here are five of our recommendations.
Cool races is a 1993 American sports comedy film directed by Jon Turteltaub. It stars Leon Robinson, Doug E. Doug, Rawle D. Lewis, Malik Yoba and John Candy. The film is loosely based on a true story and focuses on the journey of four Jamaican bobsledders who want to compete in the 1988 Winter Olympics and seek help from a former champion. This feel-good film shares similar themes with Home Team, featuring underdogs and lovable characters. In a film review published by Roger Ebert, the actors of the film were praised for their performances. “The actors playing the bobsledders have a nice comedic charm, especially Doug E. Doug as a high-energy guy named Sanka Coffie. And John Candy has some moving speeches that he somehow delivers as if every word isn’t recycled from other movies.
Moneyball is a 2011 American sports drama film directed by Bennett Miller and written by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin and based on the 2003 nonfiction book by Michael Lewis. The film centers on the 2002 season of the Oakland Athletics baseball team. Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) and Assistant Manager Peter Brand (Jonah Hill) team up and take a different approach to building the team as they face budget constraints. The film received critical acclaim, especially for the performances of the lead roles. and was nominated for six Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actor for Pitt, and Best Supporting Actor for Hill. New York Times posted an article about the film, praising Brad Pitt for his role. They wrote: ‘It’s hard to imagine anyone other than Mr Pitt in the role. He’s relaxed but edgy and unsettling at times, as in his petulant exchanges, bristling with tamed fury, with A’s manager Art Howe (Philip Seymour Hoffman, wearing a peach-down head and a scowl).
The damned united
The film damned united has a more serious tone compared to Home team but it’s definitely a must-have watch. The Damned United is a 2009 British sports drama film directed by Tom Hooper and adapted by Peter Morgan. The film is adapted from the 2006 novel of the same name by David Peace. The film follows the story of Brian Clough, played by Michael Sheen, who takes over as the football manager of Leeds United. The film centers on his 44-day tenure as football manager of the team which he has come under heavy criticism for his aggressive style. The film received numerous accolades and critical acclaim despite the controversies surrounding it for certain inaccuracies. The film received a nomination for the British Independent Film Award for Best Supporting Actor, the ALFS Award for Best British Supporting Actor of the Year, the Satellite Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama and Best Actor in a Supporting Actor. role and the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Award for Best Feature Script. In an article by The Guardian, they praised Sheen’s performance in the film, saying, “Sheen gives a stunning performance as Clough: resplendent but lonely in what he called the ‘best’ of great managers. A two-tone streak of cruelty and fun makes for a great role for him.
field of dreams
Another sports drama film worth watching is the 1989 American sports drama fantasy film field of dreamswritten and directed by Phil Alden Robinson, based on the 1982 novel by WP Kinsella Joe without shoes. The film stars Kevin Cosner in the lead role and Amy Madigan, James Earl Jones and Burt Lancaster in supporting roles. The film follows the story of Ray, a farmer who hears a voice say “If you build it, it will come”. He builds a baseball diamond on his cornfield, and somehow ghosts of baseball legends start appearing to play on the baseball diamond he built. The film was nominated for three Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Original Score and Best Adapted Screenplay. In Roger Ebert‘s review of the film, they described the fantasy genre and the film’s charm saying, “Field of Dreams” will not appeal to grumpy, grumpy, and realists. It’s a delicate film, a flimsy construct of one goofy fantasy after another. But he has the guts to be exactly what he promises. “If you build it, it will come.”
A league apart
The 1992 sports comedy-drama A league apart shares a similar approach with Home Team as both are inspired by real events and people. A league apart focuses on the real-life All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL) but tells a fictionalized version of events. The film is directed by Penny Marshall and stars Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Madonna, Lori Petty, Jon Lovitz, David Strathairn, Garry Marshall and Bill Pullman from a screenplay by Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel from a story by Kelly Candaele and Kim Wilson. Independent wire described the film as the “greatest sports movie of all time” and wrote, “Penny Marshall’s fourth film, after such great films as ‘Awakenings’ and ‘Big,’ has an ease of execution reminiscent of the world’s greatest sporting heroes – so good it doesn’t seem so hard.