The Game Plan

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  • Summary: The Game Plan tells the story of rugged superstar quarterback Joe Kingman, whose Boston-based team is chasing a championship. A "serial bachelor," Kingman is living the ultimate fantasy: He's rich, famous, and the life of the party. But this dream is suddenly sacked for a loss when heThe Game Plan tells the story of rugged superstar quarterback Joe Kingman, whose Boston-based team is chasing a championship. A "serial bachelor," Kingman is living the ultimate fantasy: He's rich, famous, and the life of the party. But this dream is suddenly sacked for a loss when he discovers the 7-year-old daughter he never knew he had--the product of a last fling before parting years ago with his young wife. Now, during the most important time in his career, he must figure out how to juggle team practice and dates with the newfound ballet classes, bedtime stories, and dolls that come with his daughter. Equally perplexed is his hard-edged mega-agent, Stella, herself without a parental bone in her body. Despite the often hilarious misadventures that come with being a new father, Joe discovers that there's more to life than money, endorsements, and thousands of adoring fans: the love and care of one very special, small fan is the only thing that matters. (Walt Disney Pictures) Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 23
  2. Negative: 6 out of 23
  1. Reviewed by: G. Allen Johnson
    75
    The two best things about this logic-challenged, predictable and overlong (110 minutes!) film are The Rock's performance - surely he's one of the more likable people in the movies, and here he handles physical sight gags with aplomb; and the parallel disciplines of football and ballet, which provide a way for father and daughter to understand each other.
  2. Reviewed by: Josh Rosenblatt
    67
    Like some sentimental fool, I allowed Johnson’s good-hearted buffoonery and Pettis’ overpowering sweetness and Millard and Price’s unwavering belief in the healing power of love to get the better of my senses and travel straight passed my brain to my heart.
  3. A throwback to the days when Disney would recruit second- and third-tier stars to stroll through indifferently written, modestly produced comic fluff that served as family entertainment.
  4. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    50
    All that charm is wasted in careless scenes that don't make much sense and the whole thing feels slapped to together with chewing gum and spit.
  5. Reviewed by: Geoff Berkshire
    50
    If Steve Martin (“Cheaper by the Dozen”) and Eddie Murphy (“Daddy Day Care”) can’t make these PG-rated assembly-line comedies any fun, what chance does The Rock have?
  6. 42
    It's a squeaky clean pre-John Hughes, pre-Farrelly brothers throwback to an era where the words "Disney film" meant something: a movie free of crotch slams, gross-out gags, and tittery innuendo.
  7. Almost every note in this insipid comedy is strident or false, from the child's prodigious talent for deception to the jock's chaperoning her and her classmates at a Corolle doll boutique.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 24
  2. Negative: 9 out of 24
  1. AlexP
    Jan 25, 2008
    10
    You people who say this movie sucks can shut up, the rock...well rocks and this movie was great. I loved it when he was sedimental about You people who say this movie sucks can shut up, the rock...well rocks and this movie was great. I loved it when he was sedimental about losing his daughter. Expand
  2. ChrisC.
    Sep 29, 2007
    9
    Thought this was a really cute movie. I took four nine-year-old boys to see it and they loved it. My husband and I thought it was Thought this was a really cute movie. I took four nine-year-old boys to see it and they loved it. My husband and I thought it was entertaining. Great family movie! Expand
  3. Feb 21, 2011
    9
    A very great and touching movie, with a great story and likable characters, it is extremely funny, a very enjoyable family movie, a very greatA very great and touching movie, with a great story and likable characters, it is extremely funny, a very enjoyable family movie, a very great movie all will enjoy. Expand
  4. KenC
    Jan 25, 2008
    5
    Fun to watch - not much there in substance - then again I wasn't expecting any. I thought it could have had a better script - but I went Fun to watch - not much there in substance - then again I wasn't expecting any. I thought it could have had a better script - but I went away smiling and feeling good. More than I can say for some recent critically acclaimed films. Expand
  5. [Anonymous]
    Feb 9, 2008
    3
    By the time it came out on DVD, I forgot it ever existed. That sums it all up. I don't hate it, or love it. I nothing it.
  6. JaredC.
    Sep 29, 2007
    0
    Well, it is infected with a disease, a disease that cannot be cured: The Black Death. It felt as if I had that disease throughout the film, I Well, it is infected with a disease, a disease that cannot be cured: The Black Death. It felt as if I had that disease throughout the film, I felt weak, I gained boredom every second. Maybe it was the popcorn that of which is giving me lumps on my body? Is this it? Is this all the rock has to offer? Yeah, sure the story is fine, but the movie itself never stays focused, it never is on a certain balance. The main attention is the humor, which surprisingly is funny, and the Rock isn't all that bad in this, to me he sucks as an actor. In The Scorpion King he smelt. But in this he wasn't bad, as a Football player, that maybe his best role so far. That little girl though is so annoying, and the most of the comedy near the end wasn't there, I didn't catch any. It was too light hearted, very weak, and overplayed, the ending was like any other ending, maybe they could at least try something different than just showing the final game and let the good team win. It is so predictable, and obvious, the dialogue made me roll my eyes because dah they were gonna' say that. But the rest of the movie is okay and funny, but the only real engaging thing about the movie is the Football parts, those parts are good. just the ending wasted the whole movie, and after a while it seemed like the movie ran out of ideas. I just don't get why there has to be such a boring plot, because you know in some movies like Master and Commander: The far Side of the World is predictable but done very well. I love that movie, I adore it, it is the best movie of its year, it beats Pirates, the best Pirate movie ever. And it got 10 Academy Awards, by Russell Crowe, he performances excellently. You know I rather would rate this movie a 10 and talk about Master and commander than this, I would but I just have a few things to say about The Game Plan. So, overall, do not watch this movie, it is not worth it, nor for free, I watched 3:10 To yuma for free because the manager gave us free passes due to poor service last time at the Theatre, but don't waste your free Sunady night to go to a movie with free movie passes to this when you can go see a good movie. Believe me, this movie sucks. I fell asleep for the first time ever in a theatre, this movie is so boring. Period. I never fell asleep in Epic Movie and it was terrible, worth a 0/10, and at least it had exciting things happening, with stupid but fun context from beginning to end. Expand
  7. TomD.
    Dec 29, 2007
    0
    I had to watch this on a long plane ride and I would rather watch the clouds and the wings. Truly insipid, why are people with kids bringing I had to watch this on a long plane ride and I would rather watch the clouds and the wings. Truly insipid, why are people with kids bringing down the collective IQ for movie watching audiences? Really really stupid. The rock cannot act his way out of paper bag and spends most of the movie flexing and smiling. Expand

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