5. “Varsity Blues”
Released: January 15, 1999
In “Mean Girls,” one of the students enthusiastically claims this is Regina George’s favorite movie. While I wouldn’t go that far, there is something rambunctious and fun about the film. It’s a rousing, raunchy teen movie about a group of rebellious football players in Texas. After the star quarterback (Paul Walker) is severely injured in a game, second string quarterback Mox (James Van Der Beek) steps into the spotlight and experiences the highs and lows of being a local celebrity. The plot points are drawn almost as broad as Jon Voight’s sneering performance as the abusive coach. Still, there is something enthralling and exciting about the experiences of the wild life of a high school football star. Even among the partying, the film captures the pitfalls of this sort of fan worship. It’s not perfect, but it is enthusiastic and features some very charismatic performances.