August 25, 2006, - 6:50 am

Weekend Box Office: “Invincible” — One of Best Movies of 2006

By Debbie Schlussel

The only movie worth seeing this weekend–and one of the few in that category this year–is “Invincible.” If you liked Disney’s “Miracle“–the true story of the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team’s victory over the Soviet Union–then you’ll also like “Invincible.” We loved both.

Set in 1975, it’s the true story of Vince Papale, a 30-year-old, down-on-his-luck part-time bartender. He tries out for the Philadelphia Eagles at an open tryout publicity stunt put on by the team. And, miraculously, this working class, partially-employed substitute teacher who never played college ball makes the Eagles. Papale played for three seasons with the Eagles.

The movie is uplifting, exciting, and something you AND your kids will enjoy (there’s no sex or violence). At the promotional screening we attended, people had tears in their eyes and applauded at the end of the movie. It’s that good.


We weren’t fans of former Calvin Klein underwear model Mark Wahlberg, but he is very convincing at Vince Papale. As we noted earlier this week, our one reservation with the film is that Greg Kinnear’s version of Eagles coach Dick Vermeil is much more of a mensch (yiddish for decent/good guy) than the real Dick Vermeil actually is. Papale’s girlfriend, played by the beautiful Elizabeth Banks, looks exactly like Elisabeth Shue back in the ’80s.

Also loved the ’70s hits soundtrack and fashions that were prominent in “Invincible.”

Go see this movie.


We saw “The Quiet,” or rather part of it. It was so awful, we walked out after 20 minutes. We doubt this cruel story of the horrid treatment of an adopted deaf girl in a messed up family redeemed itself thereafter. Strong proof that actress Elisha Cuthbert can’t act beyond her role as Agent Jack Bauer’s annoying daughter on “24.” Scratch that. She can’t act, period.

Avoid like the plague.

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