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5/16/2007 02:03:00 PM
Best looking wives/girlfriends in sports movies
Did sports prefer Rene Russo is Major League or Tin Cup?
Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage.com
By Andy Gray
Imagine Bull Durham without Susan Sarandon or White Men Can't Jump without Rosie Perez. It just isn’t the same. Why? Because like any other movie genre, sports films need an attractive lead to keep the attention of its male audience and reel females into the theater. And if you're going to cast a female as a lead, there's no reason to not make her incredibly hot. After all, this is the movies, a magical place where anything can happen ... and any regular Joe can get the girl of his dreams. So to celebrate the sports movie babes, we bring you the five hottest wives/girlfriends from a sports film:
5. Lynn Wells (Rene Russo), Major League: With all due respect to Stacy Carroll (aka Mrs. Roger Dorn), Russo's film debut was in a word, perfect. Sure, she didn't sleep with both halves of a pitcher-catcher battery as Sarandon did in Bull Durham, but she managed to be likable, sexy and not a complete drain on the plot.
4. Lacy Underall (Cindy Morgan), Caddyshack: Was she really anyone's girlfriend? Not quite, but how could we create this list and not include the fabulous Lacy Underall? Not only was she one of the greatest characters in cinematic history, but she was flat-out hot, not '80s hot like Goldie Hawn in Wildcats or Jodie Foster in Stealing Home, but hot even by today's more rigid standards.
3. Ali Mills (Elisabeth Shue), Karate Kid: The classic "girl next door" who inspired a nation of males to take up the karate in hopes of snagging a girl like Mills. And don't tell me you didn't rent Leaving Las Vegas at some point in the last decade for the chance to see Shue. Or maybe that was just me…
2. Darcy Sears (Ali Larter), Varsity Blues: Three words: Whipped cream bikini. Need I say more?
1. Tenley Parrish (Jessica Biel), Summer Catch: An underrated girl from an underrated movie. We encourage you to check out this scene if you have any problems with my selection of Ms. Biel for the top spot.
Summer Catch as an underrated movie? What's your rating scale? That was one of the worst sports movies I've ever seen. FP Jr was so bad they cut away from him on every pitch. I saw it with three sports-loving girls and they thought it sucked.
Brooke Langdon was the cheerleader that rocked Keanu Reaves in The Replacements. Two words: simply sizzling. The cheerleaders I saw when I was playing QB never looked like her. No wonder Keanu was inspired. I was too. Brooke played that role to the hilt. .mixing sensuous with sultry.
Runner up: Elizabeth Shue. . . can't recall her NOT shining in ANY role she has had.
Halle Berry and Kristy Swanson in “The Program”: one gets the best of both worlds with this movie. The athletic and tormented Swanson and the intelligent and sultry Berry both light up the screen for sports fans everywhere. This salt and pepper combination is responsible for the only positive character development in an otherwise horrible movie. Because of those two women I can’t turn the channel when it inevitably comes on Sunday afternoon.
Kristy Swanson, Jennifer Connelly and Tyra Banks in “Higher Learning”: I admit this is not a sports movie but it does have a significant sports component to it. The track scenes with Tyra Banks make this movie so unforgettable that one has to pause and rewind…quite a beauty. I think this film should qualify based on those minor sports scenes and the plethora of gorgeous women. And yes I’m a big fan of Kristy Swanson.
Kelly Preston in “For Love of the Game”: Quite possibly the best film that offers insight into the inner workings of a professional sports relationship. Preston plays such a fragile and wounded character and she idolizes and adores Costner’s character and men everywhere love that. Not to mention that she is stunning. Also this is a great movie.
Rene Russo in “Tin Cup”: A classic. What a babe. And she sleeps with both the hero (Costner) and the villain (Johnson). And she is trying to learn golf. She is my personal favorite.
Claire Forlani in “Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius”: This 1930’s Southern Peach actually marries the greatest golfer of all time. Quite a coup if you ask me. And she is rather pleasant to look at also.
Kirsten Dunst in “Wimbledon”: In this movie the super babe falls for the hapless journeyman underachiever underdog and her love inspires him to victory. Classic stuff. And she looks wonderful in her tennis outfit.
For those of you who suggested Minka Kelly of "Friday Night Lights", ironically my top pick, Brooke Langdon (the cheerleader in the Replacements) , has four episodes in that series. I'm hoping for a LOT more. Brooke is 35 now and playing "older" roles but can hold her own.
Elizabeth Shue wasn't "dazzling" in The Saint. .but not many look better in boots and leather. She stokes my fire.