With a slew of movie plots giving a bird’s eye view into campus life, there should be a film genre called “College.” From slasher flicks (Jennifer’s Body) to comedies (American Pie series, anyone?), the big screen’s turned fictional college life into a cash cow. Movies about sports, though, have a 50/50 chance of achieving classic status or being downright cheesy. This list has a few great ones you and your guy can cuddle on the couch and enjoy.
1. Love & Basketball
Include “love” in a movie title and it’s automatically unappealing to dude on the sofa. But throw in two high school jocks drafted into college sports, and he’ll give it a try. Half love story half basketball-triumph; here’s a flick that satisfies your chick flick tooth and his need for crowd chanting and referee whistling.
Young juveniles housed in a detention center are almost like the college roommates you’d never want. But counselor Sean Porter (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) is eye candy for the ladies watching and a badass for the fellas watching. Porter teaches these guys football, and makes them better people in the process. Inspirational… Check! Blood, sweat and tears… Check!
3. The Waterboy
Switch it up from the sappy sports flicks! Adam Sandler is the funny man (and main character!) behind this 90s classic. Sandler plays a grown man who never quite grew up mentally… He’s the awkward water boy for a football team that can’t win until coach figures out he’s their new star quarterback. I.e., there’s no reason to not enjoy this film.
Ladies need some shine in this roundup, too. Michelle Rodriguez claims this spot with her first film Girlfight, released in 2000. Raised in an abusive household, Diana Guzman (Rodriguez) trains to be a boxer despite being one of few chicks in the game. Take notes and throw a right hook your guys’ way if he tries hogging those blankets.
5. More Than a Game
LeBron James plus rising phenoms plus documentary footage is all you need to reel your guy in. James’ journey from high school to stardom is followed as well as the journey of the rest of his teammates, better known as Akron, Ohio’s “Fab Five” team.