You should probably see Rudy, Patrick, just so you can say you've seen it. That being said, I've seen it once or twice, and I think I'm good. But sports movies aren't really my favorite genre, anyway. I think I'd rather just watch real sports. Another football movie that I seem to remember liking when I saw it was Invincible, but I don't think I ever need to see that again, either.
My last two years in college (1993-95) I ran the campus TV station's film department and hosted a weekly 1/2 hr. TV show about movies. It was a pretty big deal because I had a big budget (about $25K per semester) that had to be allocated to a movie schedule of 2 movies per day rented from companies that specialized in loaning prints of movies to campuses across the country (like a rental house for public exhibition). I had to order the movies ahead of time so we could get them a day or two before airtime and then shipped back to the company the next day. It was like being the programmer of a real TV station (choosing themes for the week, pairing two movies, etc.) and a senior schlepper (writing/producing/hosting/editing a TV show mostly by myself, shipping movies with UPS slips non-stop, etc.).Anywho, we did a sports week and of course we showed "Rudy" (which is a fine movie but nothing about it really stands out) and the studio that released it, probably because they had stacks of them, sent me a huge box with about 100 full-sized "Rudy" posters. We had that box in the hallway outside the TV station hoping people would take them but after a week only two posters were taken. We eventually did a scene for the college TV show of my friend, comedian Brian Scolaro (who has gone on to a decent TV career), in which we covered the walls and floor of the studio with the Rudy posters and called it "The Rudy Room." It was a kill room for mobsters, who'd wrap the dead body with the "Rudy" posters and then cover the empty spots with, yep, more "Rudy" posters. Good times. :-)BTW, is anyone else tuning into these 'F This Movie' video shows just to see what movie-themed shirt Patrick will be wearing? I want to think the shirt Patrick wears has something to do with the theme of the show, but so far they're like the tracks on the railway: parallel to each other without ever intersecting.
My Dad doesn't like Notre Dame football so Rudy was a video nasty in my house growing up. It was one of my flipper movies like Basic Instinct or Robocop where I would stand by the cable box and watch the movie and then flip like crazy to a different station when I heard someone walking around. I like Rudy because it's a good movie but I also like it because I feel like a rebel-badass when I watch it.
Ray Finkle from Ace Ventura with laces out
For kickers, I think that Kid from Class Act is going to have a hell of a year. The best part of the football season for me is that I can see movies like The Weather Man with a crowd of old ladies because the Bears are on.