Given the commercial cynicism of Hollywood's slate of teen-themed films, this coming-of-age drama scores big points for trying to honestly tell a story rather than just pass the time. Borrowing heavily from football flicks like NORTH DALLAS FORTY
and ALL THE RIGHT MOVES, it revolves around reluctant, rebellious hero Mox, (Dawson's Creek
star James Van Der Beek), a Kurt Vonnegut-reading, second-string quarterback who dreams of leaving his provincial Texas life to go to Brown University. But when his preening best friend and starting
quarterback Lance (Paul Walker) is injured at the tail end of an almost perfect season, Mox is forced to take his place. In a cr...