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The Comebacks
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Directed By
Tom Brady

Written By:
Ed Yeager, Joey Gutierrez

David Koechner, Bradley Cooper, Melora Hardin, Matthew Lawrence, Eric Christian Olsen, Carl Weathers, Andy Dick, Jon Gries, Kerri Kenney, Noureen DeWulf, Robert Ri'chard, Brooke Nevin, Jackie Long, Jason Sklar, Shannon Marie Woodward, Dennis Rodman, Tarah Paige, Nick Searcy, Michael Irvin, Randy Sklar, Jesse Garcia, Holmes Osborne, Jermaine Williams, Debra Ling, Lawrence Taylor, Jason Winer, Jim Cody Williams, John Salley, Lindsay Gareth, Casey Sander, Tony Gonzalez, Jean-Michel Richaud, Aidan Gonzales, Andrew Gonzales, Brad Newman, Rico Devereaux, Jeff Sanders, Marquita Scott, Ryan O'Neil DeSouza, Trae Ireland, Finesse Mitchell, Chauntal Lewis, Chris Moss, Jillian Grace, Brittany Buckner, Martin Spanjers, Stacy Keibler, Paige Peterson, Drew Lachey, Frank Caliendo, David Blue, Eric Dickerson, Dorothy Camak, Monica Cabral, Chase Penny, Emma Heming, Jason Widener

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The Comebacks (2007)
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Movie Review by Jarrod
October 28th, 2007

'The Comebacks' is an appallingly awful spoof of inspirational sports dramas. It is a supreme misfire, though I never had high hopes for it, its PG-13 rating guarantees it won't be excessively raunchy, which may have yanked at least a few laughs out of it for some, but I am at a loss to tell you what exactly is funny about it, as I reacted to nothing, and neither did much of the surrounding audience. Mel Brooks and Leslie Nielsen could do brilliant parodies. So could Jim Abrahams and David Zucker, the guys behind Airplane. But director Tom Brady (not the football player) cannot. His last feature was The Hot Chick, a painfully bad Rob Schneider comedy. Here, he casts David Koechner, who can be a great supporting actor (as evidenced by his work in Thank You for Smoking, as a gun lobbyist), but he really squanders his talents here, channeling an older and more out-of-shape Will Ferrell, showing us more of his body than we may be able to take, and really just embarrassing himself. He plays Lambeau Fields, a former coach who is offered a position at Heartland University.

He basically has to put together a team and achieve positive results, preferably a victory at the Toilet Bowl (this is the kind of clever humor we are dealing with here). He has a lovely daughter named Michelle (Brooke Nevin), who gets romanced by Lance (Matthew Lawrence), one of the hunky players recruited by Lambeau. Lambeau's ambition is to beat his old assistant, Freddie (Carl Weathers), who now has a team of his own. That should be a sufficient description of what goes on, if anyone cares. It is lame and pathetic. The sports drama genre is rife for parody, but deserves better and smarter than this. It does attempt to build jokes around the abundant clichés one finds in various sports movies, but they fall flat, from bad writing more than anything else.

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