>> Thursday, June 18, 2009
What do you get when you put Anfernee Hardaway and a serious Al Bundy in the same movie? You guessed it, a masterpiece. Unless you have lived under a rock for the past 15 years plus or just not a basketball fan in general, then you know I am referring to the movie Blue Chips.
This movie had it all from top to bottom. It had humor, deceit, drama, and of course Butch McRae. Shaq was not Denzel in this movie but he wasn't Kazaam either. Nick Nolte did a phenominal job playing what I thought was a rip off Bobby Knight. After researching about the movie, sure enough Nolte had indeed shadowed Knight during Indiana's 1992 season.
The thing about this movie that always confused me the most was who the hell was Ricky Roe? Shaq and Penny were both household names when this movie dropped in the early '90s, but the mysterious Rick Roe had never been heard of. Actually, he hasn't been heard of since this movie. I would have sworn he was a player for Bob Knight at Indiana just by being caucasian, tall, lanky, supporting a crew cut and on the assumption he must have been a famous ball player like the other stars of the movie. As it turned out, my assumption was wrong. Rick Roe was portrayed by a guy named Matt Nover. Try looking him up on IMDB (actually just click here). He apparently did go back to his farm in Indiana to work for his father, while Neon and Butch left school early to turn pro, because no one has heard of him since his playing days at Western. (Think he gave back the tractor, money, and duffle bag?)
Two underrated characters in this movie that never seem to get the credit they deserve for bringing what they did to the film are both Al Bundy and Happy. Even as a child, I couldn't take Al Bundy serious. No wonder the poor guy can't get any work as an actor now(maybe he does, but I am not aware of it). He will forever be known for sticking his hand down his pants, creating NO MA'AM, and continously ripping on Marcy Darcy.
Happy on the other hand seems like a legit person that could really be a friend of the program. There seem to be some coaches now who have a certain friend(s) of the program following them around (This coach may or may not be coaching in Lexington now). Although, unlike Pete Bell, I don't see this coach ever coming clean.
Alright thats enough of the tangents revolving around this wonderful flick. If you haven't saw it, rent it now or just keep an eye out on TBS on weekends.
THE PLAYMAKERS FINAL GRADE: A+
Anything with Penny Hardaway automatically gets an A+ from me, no matter what movie it is. It doesn't hurt this movie also has my favorite college basketball player of all time in it, Bob Hurley. (Although, he loses points for being in a Hoosiers jersey). Toss in everyone's favorite, Al Bundy, and you are guaranteed a movie hit.