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The Longshots [Blu-ray] (2008)

Ice Cube , Kiki Palmer , Fred Durst  |  PG |  Blu-ray
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ice Cube, Kiki Palmer
  • Directors: Fred Durst
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Weinstein Company
  • DVD Release Date: December 2, 2008
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001F0TM6C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #279,734 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A fun, inspirational and heartwarming story of the first and only girl quarterback in Pop Warner football history and her uncle's exciting journey to make a team of misfits kids into a Pop Warner powerhouse.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Summoning the Faith to Achieve November 17, 2008
"The Longshots," on the surface, is a movie we've seen countless times before -- an underachieving team, freshly motivated, become real competitors as they ride from one victory to the next. What sets "The Longshots" apart, however, is the central relationship between a sullen girl and her out-of-work uncle.
The film is about Jasmine Plummer (Keke Palmer), the first girl quarterback to play in the Pop Warner football tournament.
Jasmine, who lives with her mom, Claire (Tasha Smith), is an eleven-year-old more at ease reading books than socializing with classmates. She's tried to get involved in after-school activities, but is teased and soon retreats to her books.
When Claire's work schedule is changed to a later shift, she asks Jasmine's Uncle Curtis (Ice Cube) to look after her in the afternoons. Reluctantly, Curtis agrees. Both Jasmine and Curtis initially resent this arrangement, but try to make the best of it. One day, Curtis, a former high school football player, tosses around a football with Jasmine and sees that she has a good eye and a strong arm. He talks Jasmine into trying out for the local team, telling her she owes it to herself to pursue something she does well.
The story is set in the fictional town of Minden, economically devastated since a local factory -- the town's major employer -- closed down a few years ago. Many shops on the main street are closed, idle men hang out on the streets, and a general air of resigned despair permeates people, buildings, and the town itself.
The film's second act focuses on Jasmine's making the team and turning around its fortunes from also-ran to winner. The team's success energizes the town, giving it something to be proud of.
"The Longshots" delivers a far different experience than I anticipated.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Touching! May 28, 2009
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This was a touching and well made movie!

I'm not even into football but I was rooting for this little girl all the way...then I was rooting for this community!

Bottom line this was a great family film that pulls at your heart strings and makes you root for the underdog!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Film But Too Short August 15, 2009
Longshots has a good story. It also has terrific performances by both Ice Cube and Keke Palmer, which won't go unnoticed to the viewer. The problem with the film is that it doesn't go deep enough to really tap into the emotional core of the film the way other sports films have done, such as "Remember the Titans" or "Rudy." At an hour and a half, I feel that they could have added another 20-30 minutes to really make this movie fly. The movie is still watchable, fun entertainment, for the most part.

Longshots is based on a true story of a young girl who wants to play football, and becomes the first girl to ever play in the Pop Warner Superbowl. Jasmine Plummer lives with her mother. Her father has left the family and is nowhere to be found. She spends her spare time reading, and she's ridiculed by her classmates at school for always having her nose in a book. Her one desire in life is to become a model. Her mother has to take on extra hours at work, and so Jasmine is left with her unemployed uncle, Curtis. At first, and a bit predictably, Jasmine and Curtis have a difficult time getting along, seeing that they don't have much in common. Curtis doesn't go anywhere without his football, and Jasmine is the same way with her books. When Curtis is playing catch with a friend, the ball lands at Jasmine's feet (yes, we've seen this formula a number of times), and Jasmine delivers a near-perfect pass. Suddenly, it dawns on Curtis to help Jasmine develop her skills of becoming a quarterback that even she doesn't know she has.

Keke Palmer is one of today's best upcoming actresses. She was fantastic in "Akeelah and the Bee," and she matches Ice Cube in every scene. Evidently, she trained very hard to be able to throw a football.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Longshots April 1, 2010
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I saw "The Longshots" on HBO, and decided to purchase it for my friend and her family. They live in rural Washington, and don't have the money to go out a lot. I thought TLS was the perfect family movie.

It is hard to find a family film that doesn't have sexual references, bad language, violent or destructive situations. "The Longshots" is a great movie for girls, especially. What makes it even better, it's a true story.

A lonely, 14 year old girl in a broken-down town, with a single mother who has to take on extra shifts at work, ends up being "babysat" by her uncle [her dad's brother], who she barely knows. Her father, who she misses terribly, is a con artist who only comes around when he wants something.

The relationship between Jasmine, and her uncle [Ice Tea who is GREAT] is at first disconnected. Neither wants the other around, until her uncle tosses her the football he always carries as a reminder of what might have been, if not for an injury. When she throws it back, he sees she has quite an arm, and after many training sessions, and getting to like one another, she eventually makes the boys, not-so-hot football team...........and becomes the starting quarterback.

The story has the usual girl-hating etc, but they don't focus on it for too long and ruin the beauty of the movie. Instead, the boys quickly become her ally,(she starts winning games!). It is really refreshing to see boys portrayed in a more realistic light. I get very tired of boys and men constantly being depicted as insensitive buffoons, or violent sociopaths. Most of the boys I know are sweet, sensitive, smart, kids, who might balk at a girl on their team, but I don't think so. Especially one as good a Jasmine!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great and inspiring!
Published 10 days ago by Robert S. Lucero
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 15 days ago by Tennis Tara
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Good movie
Published 1 month ago by Forrest Melton
5.0 out of 5 stars True inspiring family movie
I enjoyed this movie. The true story it is based on is well told, entertaining, inspiring and great for the whole family. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Gayle Geer
5.0 out of 5 stars A True Story
Well done, and something that youngsters can watch along with you, especially if both of you like sports and football.
Published 8 months ago by C. del Uno
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love It!
Ice Cube and KeKe Palmer are great together, they had a great relationship. I really love the lesson that it taught saying that boys are not the only one's that can play football!
Published 8 months ago by Lauretta Thrist
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for the classroom!
I would use this film during transition periods in my classroom, like at the end of the semester, before a holiday break, before beginning another novel, etc. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Crissy Crosses On Etsy
1.0 out of 5 stars Very Deceptive
Very deceptive pricing. I never pay over $10.00 for a used video and I ended up paying $500.00 for this used video. I do large orders so didn't notice it until the bill came. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Fort Peck Tribal Library
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Worth Watching
Ice Cube has that "teddy bear" quality about him that make him look like the perfect parent or any authority figure that he would play. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Karen A. Goettel
5.0 out of 5 stars FAMILY MOVIE
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What is the name of the book Jasmine was reading??
My son wants to read that book too. We've been searching the internet but can't figure it out either. I hope someone posts soon with the title.
Feb 7, 2009 by Mom in Florida |  See all 2 posts
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