Before They Were Stars (2-for-1 Special): Helen Hunt and Tim Robbins in “The Quarterback Princess”

Back in my days of working at Blockbuster Video, I always took note of a VHS tape in our family section called Quarterback Princess which had a teenage Helen Hunt on the cover wearing a football uniform. On a very slow night, a co-worker and I decided to finally pop into the VCR and play it in the store and had a good laugh over it. This 1983 made-for-TV movie is based on the true story of a girl who had to face sexism and scorn after becoming the quarterback of a high school football team in a small town in Oregon, and while its intentions are certainly noble, some of the acting and writing are ridiculously bad. Just watch the laughably over-the-top scene in this clip where a group of housewives confront Helen Hunt’s mother in a grocery store and say: “We raise our daughters to be ladies”. Their line, “Girls belong with other girls”, has a much different connotation these days! Anyway, the film also features a very early role for Tim Robbins, and you can briefly see him at the 2:22 mark of this clip as a sexist football player.

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