Originally Posted by LoganBuck
When a team wins their last game, and it is not a championship, and the movie ends.
My knowledge is far from encyclopedic on this issue, but off the tip of my brain, doesn't it seem like sports movies that end this way are pretty much DESIGNED to do so, so that whatever final game is shown is the "important" one, and anything else would have been laboring to tag on something unnecessary?
Like "Major League," you had the main plot, but they were also able, thoughout the course of the movie, to build the Yankees up into second-level antagonists without slowing down the pace. What's more satisfying: Paying off 90 minutes of the Yankees being the Indian's own personal El Guapo? Or tacking on additional games against teams with no "personality" and having to count on cut-aways to the owner's box in order to have an on-screen villian?
And also: "Miracle" was an awesome movie and all, but it's also 2 and a half hours long as it stands.... you're really telling me it would have benefitted from ANOTHER 20 minutes, just to chronicle an extra game against Luxemborg or whichever fifth-rate world power we had to beat AFTER the Russians? Never was there a wiser execution of the "gloss over the final tidbits and just go with the Animal-House-style freeze-frame captions" at the end of a movie, if you ask me....
PS: Worst Scene Ever is when the chick from "Saved by the Bell" suddenly busts out kung fu moves in "Showgirls" to beat up a bad guy and prove her toughness. A bunch of us armed with fake IDs showed up the see that dreck its opening weekend, and quickly became appaled at how unthinkably terrible it was. When we burst out laughing at the allegedly-dramatic turning point Kung Fu scene, we got "shushed" by most of the other people in the theatre, and decided to make "Showgirls" the only movie I have ever actually walked out on.