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5 Movie Plots That Hollywood Has Officially Done To Death | The Underdogs
The Underdogs

The Plot
Motley crew of misfits and rejects finds they’re better than the existing top dogs

Examples
The Longest Yard, Bring It On Again, Sydney White, The House Bunny, Revenge of the Nerds, Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit, Major League, Mighty Ducks (pictured), The Replacements, Van Wilder 2: The Rise of Taj

Typical Case
This is not the story of the band of misfits who manage to get something done (think A Bug’s Life), but the specific case where the misfits triumph over a better-trained, better-equipped, plain-old-better side. It’s very, very common in sports movies. Our Hero, possibly an inspirational coach, occasionally a Playboy bunny, finds themselves charged with a failing team of something-or-others. We may be talking sports team, sorority house, school class or prison inmates. Our Hero sets about inspiring this misfit crew (there’ll be a fat one, a nerdy one, and a future star who just needs a confidence boost for starters) and in the space of just a couple of montages they’ll go from zero to hero.

But there’s still the Bad Evil Team, who probably humiliated Our Heroes at the start and have almost certainly tried dirty tricks against them throughout, waiting to be faced in the Big Final. With their matching uniforms and crew cuts, the Bad Evil Team seem unbeatable, perfect and poised. But what’s this? Our motley crew use their individual strengths and quirks to form a formidable whole, and on that last, crucial, toss of the dice / football / C-major chord, they bring it all home. Drinks are on Our Hero tonight, fellas!

P.S. – Bonus points if the inspirational player or coach is a son of Martin Sheen – Emilio Estevez (in Mighty Ducks) and Charlie Sheen (in Major League) have both taken this role.

Honourable Exception
Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story. Hey, it’s funny. And Cool Runnings, because, you know, Cool Runnings. 

Why This Needs To Go
Because usually the best funded team wins. Look at bloody Chelsea.

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