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The Longshots

4.7 out of 5 stars 46 customer reviews

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When Curtis Plummer (Ice Cube); a down on his luck former high school football star; takes the only job he can find babysitting his misfit niece Jasmine (Keke Palmer); he discovers that she has the skills that once made him a great quarterback. The only place these two opposites get along is on the field; so Curtis is determined to turn Jasmine into the star of the local team; The Minden Browns; and get his own stride back by becoming the coach. The boys on the team dont want her but when she shows them shes got skills; she turns their whole world upside down.

The Longshots is a modest charmer of a film, perfectly suitable for the whole family, that just happens to star (and was produced by) a hard-core gangsta rapper and was directed by a dude whose best-known previous contribution to the arts was a tune called "Nookie." OK, so it’s no bulletin that Ice Cube is an actor who’s improving with every role, as that aspect of his career gradually overshadows his profile as a member of the hip-hop group N.W.A. But Fred Durst, vocalist for "nu metal" rockers Limp Bizkit? This guy’s now a movie director? Well, yeah; and between them, Durst and Cube have done nice job telling the true tale of Jasmine Plummer, who became the first female to play in the Pop Warner football tournament--as a quarterback, no less. A middle-school student in Minden, Illinois, a bleak little burg whose fortunes have declined precipitously since the local factory closed down, Jasmine (winningly played by Keke Palmer) is a bookworm with a loving mom (Tasha Smith), a deadbeat liar of a dad, and no friends. When her mother recruits her uncle Curtis (Ice Cube) to look after her for a few hours after school, neither he nor Jasmine is thrilled by the idea. Curtis has no job and no prospects (when he stumbles into Jasmine’s classroom during "career day," he amusingly describes himself as "an entrepreneur"); what’s more, he quite literally smells. But he’s also a former high school football star, and when he sees that his niece has natural talent and desire--she is, in fact, "a phenom"--he teaches her the ropes, then encourages her to try out for the Browns, Minden’s Pop Warner team. One needn’t be an oracle to see where all this is headed; with its themes of self-esteem and redemption, the triumph of the downtrodden, and the virtues of family ties, sportsmanship, and smalltown life, it’s pretty formulaic stuff. What’s more, the film loses its focus toward the end when it favors Curtis’ story over Jasmine’s. Still, these are characters we can care about, making The Longshots a winner. Bonus material includes a "making of" featurette, interviews with Cube and Durst, and a look at the real Jasmine Plummer. --Sam Graham

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  • Actors: Ice Cube, Keke Palmer, Tasha Smith, Jill Marie Jones, Dash Mihok
  • Directors: Fred Durst
  • Writers: Nick Santora
  • Producers: Ice Cube, Andrew G. La Marca, Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein, Matt Alvarez
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Weinstein Company
  • DVD Release Date: December 2, 2008
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001F0TM62
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,655 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Longshots" on IMDb

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"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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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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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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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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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.
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