I know, I know. I could have chosen any number of “better” trilogies than The Mighty Ducks. But when I watched the first one a few months ago, I knew I wanted to include it in my 30 Days, 30 Movies Series.
Here is the usual reaction to trilogies :
The first one is: “LOVE THIS MOVIE!”
The second one is: “Meh.”
The third one is: “WHY?!”
This trilogy is different. The first one is: “Yay for those kids and that recovering alcoholic!”
The second one is: “Huh?”
And the third one is: “Where is the main character?”
The Mighty Ducks centers on a spoiled self-centered lawyer, played by Emilio Estevez, who gets a DUI and is forced to do community service. His service is coaching a peewee hockey team. When the movie is over, the coach has quit his lawyering and is trying to become a professional hockey player.
The second one is about the team competing in the Junior Olympics with the original coach, because his professional hockey career did not work out. The original team picks up new players from across North America and its biggest competition is the Swedish team. Spoiler Alert: The Mighty Ducks win.
The third one is about the team from the second one going to a prep school. The coach appears in two scenes and has maybe five lines. They did, however, use him for the poster.
My thoughts are if these movies are playing on TV and there is nothing else to do or watch, go ahead and watch them. Not too closely, though.