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"EDDIE"
(1996) (Whoopi Goldberg, Frank Langella) (PG-13)

Alcohol/
Drugs
Blood/Gore Disrespectful/
Bad Attitude
Frightening/
Tense Scenes
Guns/
Weapons
Mild None Moderate None None
Imitative
Behavior
Jump
Scenes
Music
(Scary/Tense)
Music
(Inappropriate)
Profanity
Minor None None None Moderate
Sex/
Nudity
Smoking Tense Family
Scenes
Topics To
Talk About
Violence
Mild None Minor Minor Minor


QUICK TAKE:
Comedy: A fan of the New York Knicks is made coach of the team.
PLOT:
Eddie Franklin (WHOOPI GOLDBERG) is a limo driver and New York Knicks fanatic. When she's not driving, she's harassing Coach Bailey (DENNIS FARINA) for losing so many games. By sheer coincidence, one of her jobs involves picking up "Wild Bill" Burgess (FRANK LANGELLA), the new owner of the team. Burgess is so impressed by Eddie's charisma then, and later at the games, that he arranges for her to be honorary captain of the team. Since Bailey and Burgess immediately don't get along, Burgess decides to make Eddie the permanent coach. While the team resents her and she can't get them to win at first, she's told that if she gets to really know the team and their personal problems, they'll start playing for her. So she does, and they do, until the owner suddenly becomes a shallow guy and threatens to move the team. They then have to solve that dilemma.
WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
Possibly so. Whoopi will draw some kids in, while appearances by real NBA players (Dennis Rodman, Spud Webb, etc...) will draw those fans.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
For some language and brief sexuality.
CAST AS ROLE MODELS:
  • WHOOPI GOLDBERG plays the fan turned coach, who whips the team into shape by feeling for their problems and making them focus on being a team and not individuals.
  • FRANK LANGELLA plays the flamboyant owner who, midstream through the movie, suddenly and shockingly turns into a shallow, bad guy.
  • DENNIS FARINA plays the coach who has a tough, bad attitude toward the owner, Eddie and the team.
  • CAST, CREW, & TECHNICAL INFO

    HOW OTHERS RATED THIS MOVIE


    ALCOHOL OR DRUG USE
  • The players and some women drink wine and beer.
  • Burgess and others drink mixed drinks and beer.
  • Eddie and Burgess have champagne.
  • Burgess and his visitors drink champagne.
  • BLOOD/GORE
  • None.
  • DISRESPECTFUL/BAD ATTITUDE
  • Whoopi and other fans harass the coach and the players in a sports fan type of way.
  • Coach Bailey has a bad attitude toward Eddie and the new owner.
  • A player says that he won't play for a female coach and a fan says he won't go to the games for the same reason.
  • The players are lackadaisical about their practices and playing the games, and are more concerned with their individual endorsements, etc...
  • Some opposing players are mean to Eddie when she's coaching.
  • When Eddie is tagged with a technical foul from the ref, she grabs his hairpiece and throws it into the stands.
  • Burgess suddenly and surprisingly turns into a shallow, despicable guy. He states he's only after fun, and that he hired the cheerleaders only for "t*ts and ass" and tells Eddie, "This is my circus and you're my clown."
  • FRIGHTENING/TENSE SCENES
  • None.
  • GUNS/WEAPONS
  • None.
  • IMITATIVE BEHAVIOR
  • Phrases: "You suck," "Putz," "Butt head," "Blow me," "Punk," "Chump," "Pisses me off," "Shut up," "Kick butt," and "Whore mongers."
  • JUMP SCENES
  • None.
  • MUSIC (SCARY/TENSE)
  • None.
  • MUSIC (INAPPROPRIATE)
  • None.
  • PROFANITY
  • 1 "f" word, 7 "s" words, 15 "ass" words, 11 hells, 7 damns, 1 "good Lord," and 1 slang reference to breasts (the "t" word).
  • SEX/NUDITY
  • The players return to their hotel rooms with women they've just met.
  • A married player admits to having a one night stand while on the road.
  • That same player enters his hotel room with a woman and she ends up straddling him on the bed, but nothing happens since Eddie interrupts the proceedings, only to find that the woman is the player's wife.
  • Eddie, spotting several of the players in the shower, laughs and says, "What, did that shrink up in the water?" "You're so tall, I thought it would have been bigger." and "Looks like you've got a pimple."
  • A player hastily takes off his warmup pants and briefly reveals his bare butt.
  • Burgess states that he hired the cheerleaders only for "t*ts and ass."
  • SMOKING
  • None.
  • TENSE FAMILY SCENES
  • Eddie watches an old videotape of who we guess is her husband (who's either dead or divorced from her) and she seems sad, but this scene is out of place as there's no other mention of it or him.
  • One of the players is getting a divorce.
  • TOPICS TO TALK ABOUT
  • Players getting too big for their britches.
  • A nice scene with Whoopi not allowing a student to play ball since he's getting low grades.
  • VIOLENCE
  • During a pick-up game, a player pushes another player against a fence after the first insults his mother.
  • A player's mother hits Burgess with her pocketbook.



  • Reviewed May 31, 1996

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