Don’t avoid this sports comedy because its title and ad campaign make it look like a loutish, rough-and-tumble jamboree, an obnoxious exercise in Football As Attitude. Avoid it because it’s the sort of soporific cliché-fest in which every player — from the straitlaced quarterback to the Zen crazy who ”blocks” by administering martial-arts kicks — gets exactly one measly trait, and the suspense about who’s going to win the big game registers at absolute zero. D

Necessary Roughness
  • TV Show