A lot of guys consider “Rudy” (1993) one of their all-time favorite sports movies. Having finally seen it, I can tell why. The best sports movies are not primarily about sports. “Rudy” is about perseverance. It also serves up many comfortable cliches common to sports movies: the workout montage, the slow-clap moment, the peptalk(s), the climactic big game. Side note: the practice scenes are fantastic in how they show the brutal, nose-bloodying, knuckle-skinning reality of football. Everybody gets beat all to hell. Every single day. “Rudy” is also where Jon Favreau met Vince Vaughn. See if you can spot Vaughn.

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