Troma did it first.
When I first saw this, I was living in Detroit in the late-90s, aka Hockeytown at the height of the Red Wings/Avalanches rivalry where one game had 144 minutes of penalties and the next year’s game had 288 minutes of penalties.
I thought Slap Shot was just a relatively tame sports comedy that couldn’t live up to reality.
That said, watching Slap Shot with this much distance between me and that version of the Red Wings made me realize just…
"My countryman is my enemy."
James Baldwin was a queer black man. He had sex with men. And he was black. The closest this film comes to acknowledging that James Baldwin had sex with men is a text about his FBI files which states that he may be a homosexual. Otherwise, there is a photo of him holding three young girls, almost insinuating they're his daughters, and interviews with Dick Cavett talking about his children, that he didn't have.…
Oh. My. God.
So, there's this philosophy professor who's an atheist because his mom died of cancer when he was 12. He's dating this 25 year old Christian whose 85-year-old mother has Alzheimer's Disease and a fondness for chicken. The 25-year-old's father is only like 50, and doesn't visit his ex-wife. Like the professor, Business Dad is also an atheist. He was dating a 25-year-old, until she revealed she had cancer. That 25-year-old atheist got cancer after conducting a Gotcha…