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  • Summary: Based on a true story, a poor Illinois town comes together behind the local Pop Warner football team and their unlikely quarterback, Jasmine Plummer, the first female in Pop Warner's history. Under the tutelage of her uncle Curtis, a former high school football star, Jasmine leads her team, the Minden Browns to the Pop Warner Super Bowl and inspires the town of Minden, Illinois to reclaim some of its former glory. (The Weinstein Company) Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19
  1. 75
    The more it builds, the more it grows on you.
  2. Reviewed by: Josh Rosenblatt
    67
    Cube is excellent as the doughy, rumpled ex-somebody who finds new life in helping to save somebody else's.
  3. 63
    Its characters are likable enough to settle in with for a pleasant hour and a half.
  4. 58
    A sports movie like every other, but the excellent, lived-in performances of Cube and Palmer make it a mildly affecting.
  5. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    50
    The saga is an undeniably heartwarming one about perseverance, hard work, and pride in community. And who could criticize that?
  6. 50
    What makes this one different? Absolutely nothing. (Sure, it's based on a true story, but I mean come on, whatever.)
  7. Reviewed by: Vadim Rizov
    20
    The Longshots strains so hard to inspire, every moment underlined with a by-the-numbers score, that it ends up totally innocuous.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. ChadS.
    Aug 23, 2008
    6
    The Gracie(Carly Schroeder) of "Gracie" is actually actress Elizabeth Shue as a young girl who wanted to play soccer when soccer was a boys only sport. In the film's most stirring scene, Gracie looks at herself in the mirror like a guy would; she flexes her arm, as an athlete would, a male athlete. "Gracie" takes place in the seventies. This scene carries the weight of a revolution in progress. Gracie is more concerned with big muscles than big breasts. In "The Longshots", Jasmine Plummer(Keke Palmer) aspires to be a model, but her Uncle Curtis(Ice Cube) has bigger plans for his niece. He uses famous women as throwing targets, beautiful women who might be role models for a young African-American girl. Beyonce, Foxy Brown, and Tyra Banks are utilized for the drill; talented women in their own right, but sex objects. Tyra used to be Jasmine's idol. Now that the world has opened up for her, she needs new idols. Sports give girls like Jasmine the option of being more than a pretty face with a tight body. But football? Some may argue(remember New Mexico Lobos' placekicker Katie Hnida?) that the game is sacrosanct to boys, which gives "The Longshots" a tension that other inspirational sports movies lack: animosity towards the hero. Football's gatekeepers believe that the hegemony of boys in the most masculine of sports should be maintained. Jasmine's participation as the starting quarterback on her middle school football team is a threat to that hegemony, which makes "The Longshots" a political movie, but the filmmaker largely ignores this fact, preferring instead to focus on the emotional uplift of a dying town that the team's change of fortune provides. What it does, it does well, but there's a glut of movies just like "The Longshots". Expand
  2. MiguelS.
    Aug 21, 2008
    0
    Lowbrow entertainment at its worst, don't waste your cash people!!!

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