Today marked the formal end of the NHL lockout, so in honor of the return of hockey today’s movie is the mother of all sports comedies, Slap Shot. The film is really a prototypical 70’s R-Rated comedy, irreverent, profane, violenht and overloaded with subplots and minor characters. It’s a whole lot of fun, even if the narrative doesn’t hold together as much as it might.
Paul Newman stars as Reggie Dunlop, the aging player-coach of the minor league Charleston Chiefs. Though the real breakout stars of the movie are the goofy and violent Hanson brothers.
The film has some real problems with tone, it’s selling violence and mayhem, but it also seems to want to decry the same. There are probably too many subplots, and its tough to keep track of them all. In particular the story involving clean-cut former college player Braden and his disaffected wife is sporadically visited, and melodramatic.
In spite of some serious flaws the movie is a bunch of fun to watch, it holds up well and it’s still worth seeing after thirty-five years.