The Last Boy Scout (1991)
Wishing you had a more exciting game to watch than tonight’s ho-hum, Pats-less matchup? Thinking you might just pop in some mindlessly diverting shoot-’em-up instead? Thanks to style-addicted, logic-pshawing director Tony Scott, the two don’t have to be mutually exclusive. This Bruce Willis-Damon Wayans slice of pyrotechnic preposterousness memorably opens with a mob-threatened running back making sure his team beats the spread — by pulling out a gun on the field and blasting his way into the end zone. Just the thing for anyone who finds the extreme football-related jeopardy depicted in “Black Sunday’’ to be a little too subtle. -Tom Russo
From left: Bruce Willis as Joe Hallenback and Damon Wayans as Jimmy Dix.