A star quarterback gets knocked out of the game and an unknown third stringer is called in to replace him. The unknown gives a stunning performance and forces the aging coach to reevaluate his game plans and life. A new co-owner/president adds to the pressure of winning. The new owner must prove her self in a male dominated world.
Oliver Stone's brawling, hyper-macho professional football film has enough in-the-thick-of-it playing-field action to satisfy the fantasies of most armchair players. In the style of Mr. Stone's ''Wall Street,'' the movie is also a crude morality play that pits the old ways against the new with the veteran coach Tony D'Amato (Al Pacino) embodying tradition and a young hotshot quarterback, Willie Beamen (Jamie Foxx), the new. Although the acting is uneven (Cameron Diaz is disappointing as a tough team owner), and the final scenes are shamelessly "Rocky"-ish, the movie delivers a credible, action-charged vision of the frenzied world of professional sports as a metaphor for the volatility of American culture. — Stephen Holden
1999-12-22 | Stephen Holden | Read the New York Times Review of Any Given Sunday