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The Game Plan
Movie Stats & Links

Starring: Dwayne Johnson, The Rock, Kyra Sedgwick, Roselyn Sanchez, Robert Kraft
MPAA Rated: PG
Released By: Walt Disney Pictures
Distributed By: Disney Home Video
Kiddie Movie: It's really for them.
Date Movie: Only if she's the mother (or step) of the child you are watching the DVD with.
Gratuitous Sex: Some innuendo.
Gratuitous Violence: Football kind.
Action: Nah.
Laughs: Some chuckles.
Memorable Scene: Nah.
Memorable Quote: On the DVD extras: "He once through a 70 yard pass and caught it."
Directed By: Andy Fickman

Cool Things About the DVD

Buy a New TV! Movies are always better in widescreen.
Buy a New DVD Player! Disney's on the Blu-ray bandwagon.
Anything Else! The ESPN clips were fun, especially for me being a dude, but otherwise just standard fare, in fact the bloopers were actually a let-down.

The Game Plan
A Movie/DVD Review


DVD Rated - PG

It's 2:11 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
I never went to see "The Game Plan" when it was in the theaters, I mean, Iím not really the target audience (even though I am a fan of Dwayne Johnson, a.k.a. The Rock), but the trailer looked cute enough for the little kid crowd, although probably better for the little girl crowd, and after seeing the DVD, itís pretty harmless for them and if you want a movie to watch with the kids one evening as a rental itís probably not that mind-numbing for you.

The story is pretty simple: Dwayne Johnson plays Joe Kingman - heís a star quarterback for the Boston Rebels (a fake NFL team). Heís also a self-centered, egotistical, selfish womanizer. One day Peyton (Madison Pettis) shows up on his doorstep proclaiming to be his daughter, with Mom away on a trip to help impoverished people in Africa. Of course Joeís life is turned upside down, of course Joe starts out not knowing how to be a father, of course Joe starts to learn something about teamwork, of course there is a love-interest thrown in, and of course, in the end Joe learns that the best thing in his life is his daughter.

Everything is cookie-cutter about this movie, even the ending shouldnít come as a big surprise (although the movie people do try to set it up as a twist), so if youíre looking for surprises and originality you had better look elsewhere, but sometimes thatís okay, I guess, when it comes to Disney family films. Madison Pettis does her best to be the adorable little girl looking to get into her fatherís life, and The Rock is pretty good as the egotistical football player who somehow, instantly, develops a soft spot. Kyra Sedwick is Joeís manager/agent person, Stella, and sheís actually kind of despicable, and as the love interest who has to help Joe learn a thing or two about parenting, Roselyn Sahncez does well in the role of Monique.

If you are a single dude, with no kids, you will probably hate this movie, but I did my best to put myself into the role of a parent with a 5 year old girl and said to myself "Self, this movie wouldnít suck that much for me if I had to sit and watch it with her." For that Iíll give "The Game Plan" 3 stars out of 5.

As far as the DVD goes there really isnít anything special. The deleted scenes pretty much explain themselves as to why they are deleted, even though there is some explanation given by the filmís Director, Andy Fickman. I was actually disappointed in the blooper reel, voiced by Marv Albert, feeling it pretty weak and just something that "needed" to be added, and the story of how the movie had come to be made was pretty straight-forward. The best things, as far as extras go for the DVD, were the two ESPN related spots, but I suppose thatís mostly because Iím a dude. Thereís also some interactiveness where I guess your daughter can re-decorate the home screen for the DVD, but I didnít have time to play around with that.

A solid rental for a family with younginís, go ahead and let The Rock get his kidís movie out of his system and go back to kicking butt.

Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!


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