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Varsity Blues - Movie Synopsis & Plot

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In his 35th year as head coach, Bud Kilmer (Jon Voight) is trying to lead his West Canaan Coyotes to their 23rd division title. Uncompromising and omnipotent, Kilmer is deified in the small Texas town, as long as the team is winning.

But when star quarterback Lance Harbor (Paul Walker) suffers a season-ending injury, the Coyotes are forced to regroup under the questionable leadership of second-string quarterback Jonathan Moxon (James Van Der Beek). His irreverent attitude and approach to football come into direct conflict with the coach's inflexible game plan.

High school football is king in small town Texas where 17-year-old school boys carry the hopes of an entire community onto the gridiron every Friday night. "Varsity Blues" follows the travails, both hilarious and pained, of five seniors on a high school football team in a small Texas town as they approach the end of a near perfect season. With mounting pressure from their hard-driving coach and parents, who live vicariously through the boys' victories, the resolve and determination of the young athletes is put to the test as they seek to finish the season as heroes-their way.

"Varsity Blues" explores our obsession with sports and how teenage athletes respond to the extraordinary pressures placed on them. It's a comedy with lots of heart, a movie that is as much about teen angst and adults' loss of perspective as it is about high school football.

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