I don't care if you owned a letterman jacket and won state or can't throw a football to save your life, we all love a classic early 2000s sports movie. There is something about this simple formula that is a solid tearjerker. So let's poke some fun at possibly the best genre in American film and look at some cliches every movie is filled with.
1. "This is bigger than football (or insert other sport)"Giphy
This line is probably said during halftime of the championship game.
2. Sports fix racism!Giphy
Sports totally bring people together, but sorry you did not solve racism in a 1.5-hour film by bringing a few sweaty boys together to run some sprints. A good start, but let's not over simplify reality, people.
"Let's prove em wrong"Giphy
Who are you proving wrong?? Unclear.
4. LOTS of inspirational musicGiphy
Most of a sports movie is just music while people are running and getting in better shape.
5. And LOTS of shirtless boysGiphy
I don't hate it, but after the sixth locker room scene that doesn't advance the plot I start to wonder if their motives.
6. The underdogGiphy
Ah, the skinny kid gets the girl and wins the championship game. That is the american dream.
7. A steamy romanceGiphy
This isn't the main plot and they often leave out a lot of clarifying questions and key details about the relationship, but nevertheless, the romance is there. These movies dip their toe into rom comm in attempts to be a movie for the whole family (and have at least one actress in the cast).
8. The least creative mascot name EVERGiphy
Wildcats? Bulldogs? Panthers? Thank u, next.
9. Slow motion running sceneGiphy
We get it, most sports require running. Does this advance the plot? Not really.
10. Hard core parentGiphy
Ah the classic parent that is living through their kid. Bonus points if the dad would have gone pro but he tore his ACL or some other sports injury.
11. Based on a true storyGiphy