Sports Movie Character Breakdown: Steve Lattimer

The Program is a 1993 film starring James CaanHalle BerryOmar EppsCraig ShefferKristy Swanson, Daniel Lee, and Joey Lauren Adams. The film was directed by David S. Ward who has directed and written other Hollywood films such as the Major Leagueseries.

The film touches on the season of the fictional college football team, the ESU Timberwolves as they deal with the pressure to make abowl gamedrug and alcohol abuse, and overall college life. It follows the trials of Coach Sam Winters (Caan), the Heisman Trophycandidate Joe Kane (Sheffer), the freshman running back Darnell Jefferson (Epps), their girlfriends (Berry & Swanson), and other team members.

Character:
Steve Lattimer

Character Objective:
To earn a place on the starting defense and rape as many 4’7 girls as possible.

Character Pros:
Chiseled looks, genetically gifted, fantastic face paint artist, surprisingly intellectual at times.

Character Cons:
Attempted rapist, addicted to steroids, legs are way to small for his body, goes overboard in life way too often, poor swim move technique.

Scenes that didn’t make sense:

Starting Defense, place at the table!

You might have seen this scene coming in the “scenes that didn’t make sense” section, but it is hands down the most unrealistic part of the movie. Not only would one headbutt to the window of an early 1990’s Ford Explorer jam your neck or slit open your eye lids, but two head butt’s would be a death wish.  Those trucks were built for rollovers, so a human skull wouldn’t  be a match.

Pride Night Speech (0:55 second mark)

If you can get by the surprising intellectual depth of Lattimer, notice how everyone at the table is drinking coffee. I’m not sure how college football players were portrayed in the 90’s, but I doubt any present day collegiate athlete would be drinking hot black coffee at a football banquet. Maybe that was Lattimer’s idea. That’s what happens when you hire actors in their mid 30’s to play 20 year olds.

Lattimer’s lifting style (0:49 second mark):

Probably the strangest lifting style you will ever see from a steroid freak. Slamming 315 pounds on the ground and kicking the bar after is a bit over the top. Not to mention the orgasmic gyrations and body twitches. Very strange, Lattimer, very strange.

Verdict:

Steve Lattimer is the quintessential steroid abusing NCAA football player from the 1990’s. His constant freak outs, and failed rape attempts make him a scary individual. But, Lattimer was the face of some truth that was going on in college football during that time. As insane and incoherent he was at times, he mimicked and looked like real life 90’s college football players. So Steve Lattimer, thank you for opening everyone’s eyes to what college football was like behind the scenes. Too bad it hasn’t helped much, because now college football programs are more corrupt than ever. But thanks for the attempt Steve.

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