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Hulu for the Holidays: Rudy

November 18th, 2008 by Rebecca Harper Editor

The first movie of Hulu for the Holidays is a family-friendly film about a boy with a lifelong dream: to play football for Notre Dame. And once Daniel Ruettiger, better known as “Rudy,” set his mind to this mission, nothing could get in his way: Not a doubtful dad or an unsupportive schoolteacher, and certainly not his size. He even lacked the grades and money to attend the University of Notre Dame, but with the help of a few good-minded folks, he manages to get into the Catholic university — and even scores a coveted walk-on spot on the football team.

Named one of ESPN’s 25 best sports movies, Rudy strikes a chord because of its inspirational message. The true-life story reminds us how good things can happen to those who work hard and won’t take “no” for an answer. And with around 25 minutes left, you get one of the best browbeatings in cinematic history.

To me, the winning performance in Rudy comes courtesy of Charles S. Dutton, who stars as Fortune, the groundskeeper at the stadium. The rest of the cast remains familiar today, with an earnest, wholly believable performance by Sean Astin as Rudy plus Jon Favreau as his college buddy, Ned Beatty as his dad, and Vince Vaughn as the star quarterback of the Fighting Irish.

Stick around for another sports classic tomorrow — a full-length feature that could be considered a home run.

Nobody comes into our house and pushes us around,
Rebecca
rebecca.harper@hulu.com
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Last comment: Nov 23rd 2008 1 Comment
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