Mystery Alaska - 1999 (R)


Year of Release: 1999
Rated: R
Director(s): Jay Roach
Approx. Running Time: 119 minutes
Format(s): DVD
My Rating: 3 stars (Out of 5)

From Back Cover:

-Larry King, USA TODAY

With Russell Crowe (L.A. Confidential, The Insider), Hank Azaria (Godzilla, The Bird Cage) and Burt Reynolds leading an incredbile all-star cast, here's a fun, uplifting and action-packed story that everyone will love! A remote, hocky-obsessed town populated by 633 of the most eccentric characters you'd ever want to meet, Mystery is the kind of place where nothing ever changes. But then life as they know it gets turned completely upside down! When a publicity stunt brings the world-famous New York Rangers - and the national spotlight - to Mystery for a game with the local team of weekend warriors, the whole town rises to meet the challenge of a lifetime! Also starring Mary McCormack (True Crime, Deep Impact) and Lolita Davidovich (Play It To The Bone, Jungle 2 Jungle) in another critical favorite from the hit-making director of Austin Powers 1 & 2 - you'll stand and cheer as this rag-tag bunch shows that nothing can melt their dreams of a miracle on ice!

My Comments:

A small town amateur hockey team that nobody outside of that small town believes in goes up against a professional team in a game that could change their lives - either by giving that glorious victory they so crave or by crushing their illusions. Sound like a movie you've watched before? Well that's because this is - despite any claims otherwise - nothing but a generic sports movie.

The one saving grace of this film, however, is Russell Crowe, who turns in a wonderful and intense performance far greater than anything a movie this formulaic could ever deserve. And for that alone it is worth watching.

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Rated R (MPAA)
3 Stars
1999 (Year Of Release)
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