For the life of me, I have no idea why Slap Shot is a famous movie. It's so incredibly dated! I'm really sorry, Paul Newman, but you've made so many other better movies; if I write one bad review, I hope you'll understand. Newman plays a hockey player and coach in this utterly 70s sports movie that seems to be both spoofing itself and taking itself entirely too seriously. The players and fans get into brawls during games, in order to gain attention and popularity. It's really silly. Maybe forty years ago, it was supposed to be funny, but it isn't anymore. And since it's also a pretty lousy sports movie, I can't really think of any reason to recommend it, even to Paul Newman fans. If you want to watch a Paul Newman sports movie, try Somebody Up There Likes Me instead.
A failing ice hockey team finds success with outrageously violent hockey goonery.
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April 12, 2019