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The People's Champion Becomes The Family's Choice,
This review is from: The Game Plan (Widescreen Edition) (DVD)
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has had his fair share of battles in the wrestling ring. He was also a part of the Miami Hurricanes football team. He combines the giant ego of "The Rock" in WWE and his football skills to create Joe Kingman, a pro football player who's got everything but a championship ring. He even has something that he doesn't know he has--a daughter. On top of his game, his ego crashes hard when young Peyton (Madison Pettis) shows up at his front door. Never having any sort of responsibilities before, Kingman tries to juggle his football career, his high profile lifestyle and his new daughter. All the while his agent, a devilishly funny Kyra Sedgwick, tries to figure out if little Peyton is the real deal, or just another opportunist trying to get her hands on a piece of the Kingman pie. Will Kingman get his priorities straight, or will he succumb to the fast and easy lifestyle his lived for so long?
Rosalyn Sanchez heads up a solid supporting cast of actors and actresses who you may not be familiar with (excepting Morris Chesnut, playing a solid father-figure teammate). The story is generic and highly unoriginal, but the solid performances of the entire cast and the wholesome, family-geared direction make this story more than worthy of four stars. Everybody, even the quasi-villain Sedgwick, is likeable. Johnson shows his singing chops that wrestling fans will already be familiar with. He also has that million-dollar smile that lights up the screen. Young Pettis steals most of her scenes, even though she could be accused of boosting the sugar content a bit too much at times. Johnson's teammates are also enjoyable to watch on the screen. Their chemistry with Johnson, each other and with young Pettis is great.
If you long for the days of sugary Disney live-action family features such as the original "Herbie" films and "The Apple Dumpling Gang," "The Game Plan" is a welcome treat. It's a rare family comedy that the entire family will enjoy. Highly recommended.
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Initial post: Apr 28, 2008 12:35:37 PM PDT
C. A. Luster says:
Great review, no doubt I will rent it but from what you said I think I may just go ahead and buy it. Thanks!
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 28, 2008 1:00:13 PM PDT
Ken Fontenot says:
Thanks for the comment, C.A. This really is a good family film.
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 29, 2010 7:59:22 PM PDT
Kate McMurry says:
Thanks for the great review! I totally agree with your opinion.
Posted on May 15, 2010 11:51:06 AM PDT
Excellent review! I love this film, and your review helped me understand why... it's funny and sweet just like the Disney movies I grew up with.
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