A kind of '90s update of the Tom Cruise teen drama All the Right Moves, this bid to create a leading man status for television heartthrob James Van Der Beek is surprisingly enjoyable, even when you anticipate its every move. Set in a football-loving Texas town, the film scores in its depiction of a small town swallowed up by the allure of the "big game". The film makes an intriguing case for good-looking misanthropes who are wrenched into the mania of hometown sports, but ultimately it says nothing new about teenagers. Sandwiched in with some effective scenes are the requisite boozing, sex and raucous behavior typical of lesser teen comedies, which never elevates the film. This was one of the first productions from MTV Films, who had a sizable hit with this feature, released just after the new year, ordinarily a dumping ground for Z-grade features that studios fear.
by Jason Clark review