Sean Astin, Jon Favreau
Directed by David Anspaugh
As they showed in Hoosiers, director David Anspaugh and writer Angelo Pizzo know their cornball. Their subject this time is an Illinois high-school kid, short on height, weight, good grades and athletic ability, who dreams of playing football for Notre Dame. He gets his wish. It's the movies. It's also a true story.
Sean Astin is a winner as Rudy Ruettiger, who earns the grades, a place on the scout team and, in 1975, a chance to play for a glorious 27 seconds. There's little Rocky-like rah-rah. It's Ruettiger's persistence that his teammates and the film celebrate. For that, Rudy earns a rousing cheer.
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