Necessary Roughness
Necessary Roughness (1991)

A Texas university football team, desperate for a win, takes to unorthodox recruiting and gets in trouble for it. As a result the coach is forced to look to actual students for potential players. Fortunately, he finds salvation in the form… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: September 27, 1991
DVD Release Date: January 30, 2001
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Critic Score: 31% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This likeable, goofy football comedy has its moments, but it ultimately adheres too closely to the sports movie playbook to overcome the cliches in the script.

John Hartl
Seattle Times

For every sharp one-liner about a pampered college football team that's "so corrupt it could use its yearbook photos as mug shots," there's a brain-numbing plot development that's straight out of a desperate sitcom.

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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer

The shameless commercialism and hypocrisy of big-time college football is a target as inviting as a receiver wide open in the end zone. But the muddled huddle that is Necessary Roughness is one long fumble strewn with offensive lines.

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Andrea Beach
Common Sense Media

Awful '90s football story with hard hits, profanity, cliches

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

The film itself is a genial, slight, entirely predictable football comedy, but it serves Bakula well.

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Clifford Terry
Chicago Tribune

An amiable comedy.

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Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News

Necessary Roughness has the right kind of rambunctious spirit for this kind of picture -- even if it's not quite as inventive as similar movies like the recent baseball send-up, Major League.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

As they say in football, pass.

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Variety Staff

This gridiron comedy piles up cliches the way Notre Dame racks up yardage, with an option-variety screenplay that promiscuously pitches the story in multiple directions.

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Adrian Turner
Radio Times

An American football comedy which replays all the situations and clichés from the baseball saga Major League, but with a minor-league cast and clumsy direction from Stan Dragoti.

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Flixster Audience Score: 46% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs this an episode of 'Quantum Leap' following the constant adventures of 'Sam Beckett'?. No?! well it sure as hell seems like it as… More
danny d
pretty good flick, kathy ireland in her prime
Alex roy
Necessary Roughness is a mildly entertaining comedy. This is not the type of film that is hysterically funny, but more mildly funny. There are a few chuckles… More
Dean McKenna
Good comedy with a college in a terrible football team. Model Kathy Ireland's cool for kicking one of other team's player's balls. Opps!
xGary Xx
A fairly run of the mill sports movie with all the cliches in place, but Bakula and Elizondo are always very likeable.
Leo L