Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Top 10 Best Volleyball Movies

Volleyball, or volleyball related!
This is tough because there haven't been many, but as a huge volleyball fan, I've seen a lot of good and bad movies. Maybe they're not cinematic classics, but you have to give them credit for the subject matter! Plus, I'm eagerly waiting to find out where "Green Flash" ranks on the list! It's the new volleyball movie with Kristin Cavallari and a ridiculous amount of volleyball and sports cameos!
  1. Iron Ladies (Satree Iek) - The best volleyball movie I've ever seen, Iron Ladies is nearly a documentary. Close-minded audiences would disagree, but you can't help but feel bad for the obstacles this cross-gendered team faced. Not only is it based on a true story, but you get to see footage of the real Iron Ladies at the end of the movie.
  2. Top Gun - There's nothing like a scene of slow-motion, sweaty beach volleyball, especially if you are a fan of hunky fighter pilots. If you're not a fan of that, you will be able to appreciate it for the over-the-top humor factor. Good movie. Famous scene.
  3. Meet the Parents - While this has the smallest volleyball connection of every movie on this list, there is an extremely memorable scene of water volleyball that illicits more "Way to go, Facher" quotes thank you can break a nose with.
  4. Cast Away - "Volleyball" wouldn't be tops on my "Name one thing you'd bring to a deserted island" list, but Wilson proved to be an admiarable source of companionship. It's not as fun to watch as Olympics Beach Volleyball with May-Treanor and Walsh, but it's worth watching between matches.
  5. DOA: Dead or Alive - Not as fun as the DOA: Xtreme Beach Volleyball game, but still provides enough entertainment value if you go into it expecting a cheesy videogame movie. The volleyball is, at best, a silly reference to a guilty pleasure videogame.
  6. Side Out - This was the reigning king of volleyball movies for quite a while, and if you're in the mood for 80s schtick, this moves back to the top, but it sadly hasn't stood the test of time as Howell and company feel a bit played out these days. Still, a classic.
  7. Impact Point - This movie starts out with so much promise. It begins with the sexy athleticism you expect from the sand game, along with quasi-believable beach volleyball action, but it gets worse and worse as it progresses. If it had only been a revisioned remake of Side Out, instead of some awful murder mystery, it could have been a lot more fun with the decent production values.
  8. All You've Got - I'm a sucker for this kind of movie. Think "Bring it On" meets "Stick It" and you have your cookie cutter teen sports dramedy. If it were more original, it'd be higher, but it's certainly a fun watch.
  9. Air Bud: Spikes Back - I'm also a sucker for puppies, so this has to be on the list. Grab your kids or nephews and nieces and use them as an excuse to watch this predictable family flick. I wish my dogs could do that.
  10. Cloud 9 - If there were more volleyball movies out there, this probably wouldn't make the list, and you should only watch Cloud 9 if you are a diehard volleyball fan. Despite Reece, Everheart and Reynolds (um, despite?), this is worthless unless you like pathetic drunks cooking up schemes from their trailer home. Still, you occasionally get some beach volleyball.


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