Review: Necessary Roughness (1991/PG-13)

It’s a football movie no one seems to remember so it’s time to hit the gridiron and review necessary roughness. This is basically a satire of the SMU football scandal of 1987 if you don’t remember, that was when the NCAA handed down the death penalty punishment due to a slush fund and under the table payments to student football players. While SMU shut down for two years, the team in this movie reboots with walk ons. At this point enter actor Scott Bakula from the series Quantum Leap as the star of the movie playing a 34-year-old college freshman. The comedy is while he’s old, he has a great throwing arm and a great leadership of the team, in fact this film feels a lot like the movie Major League only with football instead of baseball. So why was this film forgotten, well one could say that there were other football movies that came out after this such as Rudy, The Waterboy, or Major League II in the baseball realm. It’s not a terrible movie but it’s also a standard sports movie, the whole underdogs, will they win, or overcome thier handicap plot. Honestly we only watched this movie because it was on Netflix it was like “hey this will kill two hours” and in the end that’s what we could recommend, it’ll kill two hours but while it’s not bad, it’s forgettable and that alone is what makes a film a success or a failure more so then the box office.

And starting this review, we are going to provide a link to theatrical trailer if it is available.

Necessary Roughness Trailer (Paramount Pictures/1991) 

On a scale of 1.0 to 5.9 it got a 3.8 out of 5.9

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