Last night, we were invited to the private premiere of The U Part 2 at the Colony Theater on Lincoln Road. The vibe was great as everyone was anxious to see the sequel to the original that still lives on as one of the highest rated ESPN 30 for 30 films to date. It was a packed house with mayors, former mayors, sportscasters (Steve Shapiro, Adam Kuperstein), former Canes like Jeremy Shockey, Jonathan Vilma, Phillip Buchanon to name a few. Even Cocaine Cowboys star Mickey Munday and 305 legend Trick Daddy were both in the house. Director of the documentary Billy Corben, took pictures with anyone in the audience that asked.
As far as the actual documentary, The U Part 2 picks up right where the original left off. The film highlights the Butch Davis years and the greatest team of all time, the 2001 National Championship team under coach Coker. The movie was great because it also shed light on the Nevin Shapiro scandal and showed how the NCAA botched the whole investigation. UM players weren’t really to blame they were just playing the game under the school’s guidance (making it seem like Shapiro was trustworthy), so it was great to see the film cover that.
Overall, the movie did a great job portraying The U during that era. The audience would clap and cheer whenever clips of memorable plays were re-lived on screen and when former players didn’t hold back and spoke their minds on camera. Once the movie ended, all the players in attendance went on stage to receive a standing ovation along with Coach Butch Davis. The social media buzz was also present with the trending hashtag #bringbackbutch .
In conclusion, it can definitely be said that The U Part 2 is as good, if not better than the original.
The U Part 2 premieres Saturday December 13, 2014 on ESPN at 9:00pm after the Heisman ceremony.