By Tyler Leli @jetleli on August 21, 2014
There have been a number of wonderful sports films created in past years, but it seems that the majority of sports movies are absolutely atrocious. Keeping in mind that these films are generally not very good, I have picked out the 10 worst traits of most sports movies.
Everybody loves a great story of redemption and triumph, but Hollywood takes these types of stories and dramatizes them a ridiculous amount. While Hollywood does some good things, telling the complete truth about a story is not the film industry's best trait.
Sports films have gotten better about this in recent years, but there is still a huge difference between watching live sports and a filmed scene.
While making a good guy and a villain is a necessity in Hollywood, the truth is that not all sports stories have a good guy and bad guy. Unfortunately, this is never shown in sports films.
It is extremely frustrating to watch a sports film in which two teams are supposedly playing in the best league in any given sport, but they are using random team names. Of course this occurs because of copyright issues, but it is still extremely confusing and annoying.
This is clearly a classic Hollywood tactic, but it is still worrying that film makers think it is appropriate to show a guy getting knocked out cold or suffering some other serious injury and then walking back onto the field like nothing happened.
Coaches certainly play a great role in terms of tactics and pregame speeches, but the world should not act like they are some sort of superhero. In the end, it is up to the players to make the plays on the field to win games.
While some athletes are surely not very nice guys, it is disturbing that film makers often have a habit of showing athletes as perennial drug users and overall bad guys.
The sports film where the underdog loses is almost non-existent, but in really life the underdog, or good guy, certainly does not always win. Some accuracy from Hollywood producers would certainly be nice in this category.
Not all directors can get A-List actors for their films, but it sometimes seems that actors chosen for sports films have never acted in any capacity before. Of course, this is reflected in the quality of many sports films, or lack thereof.
It seems while only about 10 percent of sports flicks are great movies, while the other 90 percent are almost unbearable to watch at times. This history leads to vast cynicism of sports films and seems to bring down the overall quality of the genre.
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