It seems like Superbowl season is barely over, the NASCAR season just began with the Daytona 500, and of course the Winter Olympics are in full swing. For those people who don't actually like sports, but are forced to live in a world where everyone else seems to... Chris Ryan [RollingStone.com, Spin] and producer Kristen Meinzer pulled together a list of their Top Ten Sports Movies for People Who Hate Sports. Take a look at their list and vote in the survey below:
- Jerry Maguire (football) - It’s a love story, first and foremost, and that’s what everyone sees it as. That’s why “you had me at hello” is the big memorable line, not “touchdown!”
- Bring it On (cheerleading) - You can invest yourself in whether or not they win in the cheer finals, but it’s really about the girls coming together.
- Bend It Like Beckham (soccer) - Like Bring it On, it’s about coming of age. But it’s also about cultural differences, family, and girl power. And all the montages are a blast.
- Blades of Glory (pairs figure skating) - It magically manages to make fun of the sport of pairs skating, while still embracing it. And with the winter Olympics in full swing, it’s also timely.
- Breaking Away (bicycling) - It’s about breaking away from the trappings of your small town blue-collar life, while learning to accept yourself. It’s a Bruce Springstein song come to life… but with bicycling.
- The Damned United (soccer) - You don’t have to like or understand sports to enjoy this movie about a soccer manager in Leeds, England. It’s really more about hating your boss.
- Slapshot (hockey) - This 1970s Paul Newman comedy has lots of hockey, but most of the hockey scenes are about rowdy fights and physical comedy, not the rules of the game.
- Wildcats! (football) - Goldie Hawn takes the loveable loser types of the “Bad News Bears” and gives them an R rating in this movie about a high school track coach who takes over as head of the football team.
- The Blind Side (football) - It’s really about family, not sports. And if you want to keep up on the Oscar nods, you’d be negligent not to see it.
- Bull Durham (baseball) - As much as it’s about the philosophy of baseball, it’s really about love, and about meeting someone halfway. Warning: it has a lot of sports theory/metaphors, so if you really and truly HATE baseball, this isn’t for you. But if you just mildly dislike the game, you might really fall head over heels for this one.
And for documentaries, Kristen recommends: Murderball (wheelchair rugby), When We Were Kings (boxing), The King of Kong (Donkey Kong), and Unforgivable Blackness (boxing).