Picks and Pans Review: Wildcats

updated 03/17/1986 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/17/1986 AT 01:00 AM EST

So how much do you love Goldie Hawn? If it's enough to spend 107 minutes watching her be, by turns, gritty, warm, vulnerable, loving, vulgar, wistful, defiant, grateful, defeated, triumphant and cute, this is your kind of movie. But not much else goes on in this film about a Chicago teacher who decides she wants to become a football coach and ends up with a team at a tough, inner-city school. The plot is tediously predictable and the dialogue, by Ezra (A Small Circle of Friends) Sacks, is banal. Comic Nipsey Russell, as the principal of Hawn's school, has a lively moment or two, and there's a decent bit by college wrestling champion Tab Thacker, who at 400 pounds could play Meat Locker to William Perry's Refrigerator. The movie, though, is almost all Goldie. She was even desperate enough to do a brief nude scene. She's likable but the film is never involving, up to and including the Big Game climax. Since the director was Michael (Fletch) Ritchie, it may not be entirely coincidental that the movie often seems to be a lame descendant of his The Bad News Bears. (R)

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