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This spoof comedy follows an out-of-luck coach, Lambeau Fields, who takes a rag-tag bunch of college misfits and drives them towards the football championships. In the process, this life-long loser discovers that he is a winner after all by redeeming himself, saving his relationship with his family and friends, and finding that there is indeed, no "I" in "team"!
David Koechner (Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Bergundy) gives an outsized Farley-esque performance as Lambeau Fields, the worst coach in history, who accepts a position at Heartland State University, home of the hapless football team, the Comebacks, in rural Texas. Will he ignore his wife (Melora Hardin from The Office) in pursuit of victory? Will his rebellious gymnast teenage daughter (Brooke Nevin) choose the team's hotshot me-first player (Jackie Long) or the tutu-wearing quarterback (Matthew Lawrence) whose fumbles are an embarrassment to his father, a Cher impersonator? Will the star player Aceel Tare (Robert Ri'chard) live up to his name (mispronounced by Coach as "ACL Tear")? Will the team make it to the--oy--Toilet Bowl? The Comebacks tackles the inspirational "one last shot" sports movie, but is mostly content to simply quote other sports films and TV shows, including Field of Dreams, Bend It Like Beckham, Stick It, Remember the Titans, Invincible, Miracle, Dodge Ball (itself a sports film spoof), the Friday Night Lights TV series, and Radio (with a mentally challenged character named--wait for it--iPod). Some of The Comebacks is inspired. The Coach, demanding total commitment from his players, insists they flunk their courses and rack up felonies and probations. The fractious team bonds over Journey's "Don't Stop Believing" in a lip-synced, pyrotechnic performance worthy of MTV's Music Video Awards. And Bill Buckner wins the good sports award for a cameo that re-creates his momentous error in the '86 World Series. Despite several fumbles (a 15-yard penalty for the Andy Dick cameo), The Comebacks manages to score enough laughs to cheer Date Movie/Epic Movie fans, although it's not in the same league as Not Another Teen Movie or the Scary Movie films. --Donald Liebenson
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But. . .who cares?
This is a film that allows you to sit back and let ribald David Koechner take you on one wild and zany ride as the hapless, inept football coach Lambeau Fields (football fans will adore that name). Koechner isn't just over the top: He's practically in your grill as he tries to mold his team of dysfunctional malcontents into a competitive college football contender. Along the way we're treated to one sophomoric sight gag after another, and the film repeatedly spoofs several contemporary movies with all the delicacy of a doberman in a meat locker.
But again, who cares? THE COMEBACKS is intentionally bad (and dumb), and definitely worth the handful of chuckles it brings. The team's music video spoof to Journey's "Don't Stop Believing" and Frank Caliendo in the broadcast booth playing both Al Michaels and John Madden are must-see viewing.
--D. Mikels, Author, The Reckoning
Unlike Epic Movie, I actually got a few good laughs out of this one.
This one makes fun of Gridiron Gang, Longest Yard errr... other football movies, as well as a few other sports. A few guest appearances by athletes such as Dennis Rodman and that guy from the NIKE adds 10 years ago (I'm Australian, I don't follow NHL)
Also Mad TV's Frank Caliendo appears doing his commentator impressions (such as John Madden)
The end of the movie seemed to be taking it self a bit too seriously, it's about the only thing I did not enjoy during the thing. Sure, it could have been funnier, but compared to some of the recent crap coming out in these parody, slapstick comedies, it's better then those.
The Longest Yard
Field of Dreams
Friday Night Lights
Remember the Titans
Bend it Like Beckham
The fun in watching this movie lies not in the performances or the script - even if you've never seen the movie you already know it from beginning to end - the joy is that each ridiculous cliché is lovingly embraced and then turned on its head (the only one that didn't work was the insertion of Frank Caliendo and his tired impersonations). Included with the clichés is an great cast and an awesome number of cameos from Stacy Keibler, Will Arnett, Dax Shepard, and Bradley Cooper. As absurd as this sounds, The Combacks is perfect for not just sports and dumb comedy fans, but all movie-goers. With tons of homoerotic references (that somehow don't distract) that many see in football, and a three-way love triangle there is something for every fan. If that's not enough to bring everyone together, then Journey will surely unite us all. Don't stop believin', it worked for the Untouchables.