The Program
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Eastern State University isn't particularly notable for anything except its football program. Lately, even that hasn't been doing too well, and the athletic staff led by Coach Winters (James Caan) are under considerable pressure by the administration and alumni to bring in a winning season. To do that, he has to recruit some able, promising young players out of high school. It's not too surprising to learn that he will do almost anything to get these kids, and its even less surprising that, as long as they keep producing on the field, he and the college will overlook almost any… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 42%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Those are fairly standard story lines in a football movie, so that leaves the assorted relationship subplots, which frankly, are worse."
‑ John Petrakis, Chicago Tribune
"The Program is a mish-mash of cliches."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Hardly any shattering revelations here and certainly no blame-placing."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"Most of the focus is on Sheffer, whose character is too enigmatic, while Epps , Berry and Swanson gamely try to pull for extra dramatic yardage but can't do much with their underwritten roles."
‑ Brian Lowry, Variety
"One might want to consider wearing a helmet while watching."
‑ Norman Chad, Washington Post
"The Program is largely a compendium of football grievances mixed with soap opera high jinks."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"The Program is a routine Joe College movie, with the added twist that Joe College is Joe Kane (Craig Sheffer), a prime contender for the Heisman Trophy."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"By the film's end, I found myself simultaneously hoping that ESU would win its big game, and that the school would pull the plug on its football program. I guess that's how I was supposed to feel."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
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