The Importance of Football in the Movie Varsity Blues
Sports play such a huge role in our society; many people form their lives around watching or playing a certain sport. In my house, when football season starts, my dad and brother watch football religiously every Sunday and Monday. On Sundays some of my dad’s friends come over to watch the game, my mom prepares snacks and lunch for “the guys”. When the game is on they are so interested in it, that they have no idea what is going on around them, I try to talk to my dad when the game is on and he always seems to ignore me. I love how they get so into the game, and cheer really loud and yell at the television. For them like many other people, they have found football to be a hobby, something to do in there past time. They have formed habits around watching the game.
In the movie “Varsity Blues,” football isn’t just a past time for the town, but it is a way of life, the whole town is involved in the high school football team. “Varsity Blues” takes place in a small town in Texas called West Canyon, in this town if you are a healthy boy, then you are a football player. Young males have tons of pressure from their families, friends, teachers, and others in the town to play football, and take the game very seriously. But how did this town get so involved in the sport, why do they make such a huge deal about the game, and what happens if you are a male in West Canyon and you do not believe the world revolves around a high school football team.
Jonathan Mox grew up in this town, with all of these pressures, but he did not agree that high school football was the most important thing in life. His father really pressures him because he used to play football as well and takes it very seriously, and thinks that Mox should as well. The movie begins with Mox explaining how football means everything to the town he says, “football is it’s own society in West Canyon.” Mox started playing football at a young age with his other friends and team mates. They were taught to listen to what the coach says and to win at all costs, football is how they are brought up.
The coach at West Canyon is Bud Kilmore, who has been the coach for 30 years, and has never lost a game. He has coached generation after generation of football players. Kilmore also coached Mox’s father, him and some of the other fathers go to the practices to watch their sons practice and get yelled at by Kilmore. They think that the way Kilmore yells at them is good for them as they are growing up. Kilmore is not the nicest man, his motto is to win and if you are not on his side and agree with all he says then he will not be very nice to you. Mox does not agree with him, so he gives Mox a very hard time.
The star in West Canyon is Lance Harper, the quarterback for the high school team. The day of the big football games, the school puts on a huge rally to pump everyone up for the game, Lance gives a speech about how they will win their game...