This 25-years-later sequel to the popular Paul Newman picture revels in sexual innuendo and sports idolatry. Once destined for NHL glory, Sean Linden (Stephen Baldwin) was sidetracked by gambling, womanizing and boozing, and now coaches the semi-pro Chiefs in their hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina. Without telling Linden, Chiefs' owner Matt Fox (David Hemmings) unloads the losing hockey team on media mogul Richmond Claremont (Gary Busey). Claremont covets the endorsement of the filthy rich Better America Coalition, and has fashioned a wholesome new league guaranteed to bolster TV ratings for his empire. To that end, he plans to pit the rowdy Chiefs against the Icebreakers, his squeaky-clean skating champs. As Claremont creates a spectator-sport sensation modeled after the World Wrestling Federation, the Chiefs learn that they're slated to be the clownish villains. If they want to keep collecting paychecks, they must swallow their pride and play by Claremont's rules; any hopes of playing real hockey are dashed. Claremont's managers even dump the Chiefs' talented Hanson Brothers (Steve Carlson, David Hanson, Jeff Carlson) because they're not telegenic. Claremont demotes Linden to player and appoints a new coach, Jessie Dage (Jessica Steen), granddaughter of a hockey legend. The Chiefs' principal star, hotheaded Gordie Miller (David Paetkau), sabotages Claremont's plans at every opportunity, playing childish pranks like feeding Viagra to the Ice-Breakers before a press conference. Eventually, the Chiefs come to respect Jessica's skill, but Claremont has no intention of letting speed or violence mar his idealized TV presentation of hockey. He puts pressure on the debt-ridden Linden to persuade the others to honor their new contracts and become skating cut-ups like the Harlem Globetrotters. But could financial intervention by the Hanson Brothers make the Chiefs reconsider selling out? This spiteful serio-comedy lionizes butt-scratching doofuses and head-bashing jocks, filtering layers of misogyny and homophobia through a disingenuous defense of boorish male-bonding and childish behavior.
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- Released: 2002
- Rating: R
- Review: This 25-years-later sequel to the popular Paul Newman picture revels in sexual innuendo and sports idolatry. Once destined for NHL glory, Sean Linden (Stephen Baldwin) was sidetracked by gambling, womanizing and boozing, and now coaches the semi-pro Chiefs… (more)