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A lot of people believe sports are a metaphor for life. And a lot of people believe strong metaphors drive great movies. Thusly, a lot of people believe “Hoosiers” (1986) is one of the greatest, if not the greatest, sports movies of all time. It helps that it was born from a wonderful, true underdog story about a basketball team from a tiny town in Indiana that goes all the way to the state finals. The moviemakers then weave in multiple layers of additional underdogs and others struggling for redemption. And it all comes together in the big game. Perfect.

You know why guys like Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci do a lot of mob movies? Because not every actor can play a mobster. For example, Dennis Hopper, Barry Pepper and John Malkovich cannot play mobsters. How do I know this? I watched “Knockaround Guys” (2001), in which Hopper, Pepper and Malkovich try to play mobsters. The plot (some mob-related stuff goes wrong) makes sense but the dialogue is incomprehensible. Hopper and Malkovich wrestling with Brooklyn accents is painful, but I couldn’t figure out whether watching wannabe mobster-actor Pepper try to play a wannabe mobster was surreal or excruciating.