With many spending much more time at home than usual, we at NBC Sports Washington decided it was a good time to catch up on sports movies that some of us have somehow missed. The latest installment from DC Sports Live's Alexa Shaw is a review of Invincible, and it may be her favorite to date.
This heartwarming movie is based on the true story of Vince Papale, played by Mark Wahlberg, who realizes his dream of playing for the Philadelphia Eagles. Papale, a struggling 30-year-old substitute teacher and part-time bartender is down and out on his luck. He learns that Dick Vermeil, the new head coach of the Eagles, is having open tryouts and decides to give it a shot.
Invincible is an uplifting, underdog-defying-the-odds movie that portrays the blue-collar hardships of South Philly in the mid-1970s. Papale becomes a hometown hero and gives hope to a lot of struggling people, who need something to cheer for. The story is well written, the characters are likeable, and the football scenes are realistic and intense. This inspiring ‘never give up’ story instantly captured my heart and many scenes gave me goosebumps. It’s a must see.
The best part of the movie is watching Vince Papale throughout his entire journey. The movie really captures the whole story and allows the viewer to understand all that he went through during this time.
Recommendation scale (1-5)
5. This is a must watch for every sports fan. Even if you aren’t a Philly fan, this movie is inspiring and uplifting.
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