The Replacements

  • Directors: Howard Deutch
  • Producers: Dylan Sellers, Jeffrey Chernov, Steven Reuther
  • Writers: Vince McKewin
  • Genres: Comedy, Sport
  • Actors: Keanu Reeves, Gene Hackman, Brooke Langton, Jon Favreau, Orlando Jones, Brett Cullen

The film opens with Shane Falco, a former star quarterback at Ohio State University who choked in his final college game and failed to succeed in his only pro season, doing his job cleaning the bottoms of peoples’ boats. While underwater, he finds a football labeled “Shane Falco: All American” and pretends he is playing football again. Meanwhile, the fictional Washington Sentinels[1][2] are shown playing a game in which commentators John Madden and Pat Summerall mention a players’ strike taking place over salary disputes. As the game winds down, Sentinels quarterback Eddie Martel chooses to slide to the ground instead of scoring the game winning touchdown to avoid getting injured.

Later that day, the owner of the Sentinels decides to hire Jimmy McGinty, the Sentinels’ former coach who was fired after getting into a fight with the team’s star quarterback, to recruit replacement players during the strike and coach the team for the rest of the season. He tells McGinty that all they need is three wins out of their final four games to advance to the playoffs. McGinty tells the owner he’ll only do it if he promises not to interfere with his coaching style. McGinty recruits many different ragtag players, and eventually convinces Falco to come off his boat and play quarterback again. Falco soon becomes attracted to the team’s head cheerleader, Annabelle Farrell, who likes him as well, but doesn’t want to date him because of her stereotype that all pro athletes are prima donnas.

In the final game of the season, Martel has trouble connecting with the rest of the team and scolds the rest of them when he makes a mistake. At halftime, the Sentinels trail 17-0, and reporter asks McGinty what they’ll need to win the game, to which he replies “miles and miles of heart” meant as a message to Falco. Falco hears him say this and comes to the game during halftime, and the rest of the team kicks Martel out of the locker room. Falco runs onto the field at the start of the half and draws loud and thunderous applause from the fans. He apologizes to Annabelle and kisses her on national TV. Cochran is able to run for a touchdown at the beginning of the half before injuring his leg. The Sentinels then score again to cut the lead to 17-14. With only a few seconds left in the game, Falco tells McGinty he wants the ball, implying that he has gotten over his fear of choking with the game on the line. Falco throws a pass to tight end Brian Murphy for a touchdown, and the Sentinels win 20-17, advancing to the playoffs. The film ends with a voiceover from McGinty saying that when the players left the game that night, there were no endorsement deals or victory parades waiting for them, just a locker waiting to be cleaned out, but it didn’t matter, because they each got a second chance at glory, which lasts forever.

Couples Retreat

  • Directors: Peter Billingsley
  • Producers: Scott Stuber
  • Writers: Jon Favreau
  • Genres: Comedy
  • Actors: Vince Vaughn, Jason Bateman, Jon Favreau, Kristen Bell, Malin Akerman, Kristin Davis, Peter Serafinowicz

A comedy centered around four couples who go on a vacation to a tropical-island resort. While one of the couples is there to work on the marriage, the others fail to realize that participation in the resort’s therapy sessions is not optional.[2]

Iron Man 2

  • Directors: Jon Favreau
  • Producers: Kevin Feige
  • Writers: Screenplay, Justin Theroux, Story, Jon Favreau, Robert Downey Jr, Character, Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, Don Heck, Jack Kirby
  • Genres: Action
  • Actors: Robert Downey Jr, Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Mickey Rourke, Sam Rockwell, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L Jackson

In an interview with USA Today, Jon Favreau revealed that the sequel is set 6 months after the events of Iron Man, and he also stated that Stark’s revealing of his identity is taking its toll on him. Favreau revealed their version of Iron Man’s comic book nemesis the Mandarin “allows us to incorporate the whole pantheon of villains”, while S.H.I.E.L.D. will continue to have a major role.[1]

During development, Favreau said the film would explore Stark’s alcoholism, but it would not be “the Leaving Las Vegas version”.[1] Downey said, while promoting the first film, that Stark would probably develop a drinking problem as he is unable to cope with his age and Pepper getting a boyfriend.[2] Before filming began, Downey revealed that while the film was not an adaptation of Demon in a Bottle, it was more about the “interim space” between the origin and the Demon story arc.[3]

Rudy

  • Directors: David Anspaugh
  • Producers: Cary Woods
  • Writers: Angelo Pizzo
  • Genres: Biography, Drama, Sport
  • Actors: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty, Charles S Dutton, Jason Miller, Vince Vaughn

Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger grew up dreaming of playing football at the University of Notre Dame. While achieving some success with his local high school football team, Ruettiger lacks the grades and money to attend Notre Dame, and talent and physical size (the real Ruettiger was only 5’6″ and the film suggests that the fictional Rudy was even smaller than that) to play football for the Fighting Irish. Instead, he takes a job at the local steel mill where his father Daniel Ruettiger Sr. (a huge Notre Dame fan) works, and he prepares to settle down.

When his best friend Pete is killed in an explosion at the mill, Rudy decides to follow his dream of attending Notre Dame and playing college football for the Fighting Irish, and leaves for Notre Dame, against his father’s warning that “Ruettigers don’t belong at college.” Ruettiger fails to get admitted to Notre Dame, and instead goes to a small junior college, Holy Cross College, hoping to qualify for a transfer to the university.

During his final semester of eligibility transfer, he is granted admission to Notre Dame. After “walking on” (a term used to designate the process by which non-scholarship players join a college football team) for the football team, Ruettiger convinces coach Ara Parseghian to give him a spot on the football practice or scout team, where Rudy exhibits more drive and desire than some of his big-name varsity teammates.

The final game of the season comes, against Georgia Tech. And while Rudy is suited up, his teammates feel this is not enough. One of the varsity players starts a chant that soon goes stadium wide. Coach Devine eventually gives in and lets Rudy play on the final kickoff. Rudy then stays in for the final play of the game and sacks the opposing quarterback. The final scene depicts him being carried off the field by his teammates.

Open Season

  • Directors: Roger Allers, Jill Culton, Anthony Stacchi
  • Producers: Producer, Michelle Murdocca, Co Producer, Amy Jupiter, Executive Producer, Steve Moore and John B Carls
  • Writers: Steve Bencich, Ron J Friedman
  • Genres: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family
  • Actors: Martin Lawrence, Ashton Kutcher, Debra Messing, Gary Sinise, Jon Favreau, Matthew W Taylor, Jane Krakowski, Billy Connolly, Georgia Engel, Patrick Warburton

In the tranquil town of Timberline, a 900 pound grizzly bear named Boog (Martin Lawrence) enjoys a captive existence. He spends his day as the star attraction of the town’s nature show and spends his nights living the life of luxury in the garage of park ranger Beth (Debra Messing) who raised him since he was a cub in a poor captive state.

One day, maniacal hunter Shaw (Gary Sinise) drives into town with the one-antlered mule deer Elliot (Ashton Kutcher) strapped to the hood of his truck. Boog wakes him as the two scream in terror. With Boog reluctant to intervene, Elliot begs to for help to escape. At the last minute and against his better judgment, Boog frees Elliot before Shaw could go after him. Boog never expects to see his “buddy” again.

Elliot follows Boog home and finds him sleeping in the garage and starts to throw rabbits at the window. Elliot tells Boog the he is intent on returning the favor by “freeing” him from his garage captivity. Elliot introduces Boog to a world of sweet temptations outside of the garage that he has never known. When the grizzly’s true instincts begin to emerge, events quickly spiral out of control as the two ransack the town’s food store. Elliot escapes before Boog is caught by a friend of Beth, police officer Gordy (Gordon Tootoosis).

The following day, Boog leads a rampage against the hunters, sending them running after McSquizzy blows up their trucks. Shaw returns for a final battle. Elliot takes a bullet meant for Boog, enraging the bear who ties up Shaw with his own gun. Boog finds that Elliot survived the blast, only losing his second antler in the fight. Beth returns to take Boog back home, but instead he stays with his friends. She realizes that the bear is home in the forest.

Elf

  • Directors: Jon Favreau
  • Producers: Jon Berg, Todd Komarnicki, Shauna Robertson
  • Writers: Buddy Hobbs, David Berenbaum
  • Genres: Comedy, Family, Fantasy
  • Actors: Will Ferrell, Artie Lange, James Caan, Zooey Deschanel, Mary Steenburgen, Daniel Tay, with Edward Asner, and Bob Newhart

Elf begins with narration by Papa Elf (Bob Newhart), explaining the only three jobs available to an elf: making shoes for a cobbler; baking cookies inside of trees; and working in Santa’s workshop. He also explains Buddy’s presence at the North Pole — as an infant in an orphanage, he crawled into Santa Claus’s sack of toys one Christmas Eve and was accidentally taken to the North Pole. Santa (Edward Asner) decides to allow the child, called “Buddy” after a label on his diaper, to be raised by Papa Elf, who has no children of his own.

As Buddy (Will Ferrell) grows, his height and poor toymaking skills raise awkward questions that his adoptive father continually waves away. Papa Elf also shows Buddy the jet engine he created in the 1960s to assist Santa’s sleigh, which had run on the power of the Christmas spirit, until people began to doubt Santa’s existence. After a string of accidents in which Buddy’s non-elfness becomes obvious, Papa Elf finally breaks the news that he was adopted: his birth parents fell in love with each other when they were high school students in the 1970s, and nine months later, Buddy was born, in 1973. His late mother, Susan Wells, placed him for adoption at the orphanage. Buddy’s now 46-year-old father, Walter Hobbs (James Caan), was never aware of Buddy’s existence, and has since become a children’s book publishing executive with offices in the Empire State Building; Walter is presently married to Emily (Mary Steenburgen), and has a 10-year-old son, Michael (Daniel Tay). However Santa informs Buddy that Hobbs is unfortunately on the Naughty List for being a heartless grouch, but has confidence that Buddy will be able to change his Scrooge-like father into a kind and caring human being.

After Christmas, Walter starts a new publishing company, with their first book, “Elf”, written by Buddy Hobbs, becoming an award winning children’s novel. Buddy and Jovie get married and have a daughter named Susie (which is seen, stitched on her hat).

Iron Man

  • Directors: Jon Favreau
  • Producers: Avi Arad, Kevin Feige
  • Writers: Screenplay, John August, Mark Fergus, Hawk Ostby, Arthur Marcum, Matthew Hollaway, Comic Book, Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, Don Heck, Jack Kirby
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Crime, Sci-Fi, Thriller
  • Actors: Robert Downey Jr, Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges, Gwyneth Paltrow, Leslie Bibb, Shaun Toub

Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) gambles at a Las Vegas casino, leaving his deceased father’s friend and business partner, Obadiah Stane (Jeff Bridges), to accept a prestigious award for him. As Stark leaves the casino with his entourage, he is approached by reporter Christine Everhart (Leslie Bibb), whom he charms into a one-night stand at his Malibu house. When she awakens the next morning, Stark is gone and she is coldly greeted by Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow), his personal assistant.

Stark flies off to war-torn Afghanistan with his friend and company military liaison, Lieutenant Colonel James Rhodes (Terrence Howard), for a demonstration of Stark Industries’ new weapon, the “Jericho” cluster missile. On the way back, however, his military convoy is attacked. In the firefight, his escort is wiped out and Stark himself is knocked unconscious by one of his own company’s bombs.

Waking up in an Afghan cave, he discovers an electromagnet embedded in his chest, placed there by fellow captive Dr. Yinsen (Shaun Toub). Powered by a car battery, it keeps shrapnel from working its way to his heart and killing him. Stark has been captured by a terrorist group known as the Ten Rings, whose leader orders him to build a Jericho missile for him.

In a post-credits scene, Stark is visited by S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) who notes that Stark is not “the only superhero in the world” and states he wants to discuss the “Avenger Initiative”.