While NECESSARY ROUGHNESS admittedly traverses highly familiar territory, with few surprises, it does deserve to be appreciated as a genuinely entertaining, albeit old-fashioned, college football yarn that's great fun to watch.
Paul Blake (Scott Bakula, star of TV's "Quantum Leap") is a 34-year-old farmer who was once a star high-school football player. He was forced to drop out of sight when his father died, leaving Paul with the family farm to run. Now, after a 16-year absence, he's lured back to football by his
former Coach Wally Riggendorf (Robert Loggia). Riggendorf has recently been hired as assistant coach to Coach Ed Gennero, (Hector Elizondo) who, in t...