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The Game Plan
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Directed By
Andy Fickman

Written By:
Nichole Millard, Kathryn Price

Cast:
Kyra Sedgwick, Roselyn Sanchez, Christine Lakin, Brian J. White, Morris Chestnut, Kate Nauta, Paige Turco, Robert Torti, Gordon Clapp, Armen Garo, Hayes MacArthur, Steve Flynn, Diane Feraco, Whitney Avalon, Domenic Fuggetta, Ellen Becker-Gray, John Currie, Rob W. Gray, Kal Thompson, Dwayne Johnson, John Fiore, Eamon Brooks, Roger Dillingham Jr., Larry Vigus, Jamal Duff, Sean Paul Cormier, Elizabeth Chambers, Lauren Storm, Madison Pettis, Christopher Hayes Chambers


 
The Game Plan (2007)
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Movie Review by Zara
September 29th, 2007

Can you smell The Rock selling out?

They could have entitled this "The Rock: The Diesel Years." Much in the vein of THE PACIFIER, a movie where you got to watch Vin Diesel, the previously primped and pampered action star clunkily turn in a performance as a guy put in charge of a group of children, THE GAME PLAN features a different action star (The Rock... sorry, the Dwayne part just isn't going to catch on for me), only one kid and some more bland comedy.

I actually prefer this one over Diesel's sell out, although there isn't a whole lot to sing the praises of. Everything in the movie gets solved too easily, the month that the little girl is with her famous footballer dad goes by too quickly and too, well... easily. Everything is just too peachy keen and too easy. There is absolutely no realism in the story whatsoever.

The good parts occasionally come from the little girl playing The Rock's daughter (Madison Pettis, also a staple of Disney Channel shows like "Corey in the House," - Midget, I will never forgive you for making me sit through that crap) who alternates between being slightly amusing when she isn't being annoying precocious. She's also got some of the absolute WORST ears that I have ever seen on a little kid. You will no longer hear me complaining about the ears on my own child. Word to anyone who casts her: keep that hair DOWN.

The other part that I was tickled by was the typical angle that these types of movies go for. The really hard, defensive player (Jamal Duff) starts to get all sweet on the little girl, even after growling at her in the beginning. I know it's cliche, but every scene where he opens up a little more is touching to me. From helping her select a dress for her doll, to emotionally reacting to her ballet, to walking into the hospital room with an armload of animals, I bought all of that. In fact, those were the only times when I legitimately cracked a smile or slightly chuckled.

What disappointed me though was how strongly the audience reacted. While there were a lot of little kids, some of the strongest reactions were from the adults that had brought them to the movie. I don't know if I was missing something or if I've just become cold at heart to these types of movies due to overexposure from watching the television shows. But the movie wasn't as funny as they were letting on. For f*ck's sake... it wasn't, right?

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