"The Game Plan" tells the story of rugged superstar quarterback Joe Kingman, whose Boston-based team is chasing a championship. A "serial bachelor," Kingman is living the ultimate fantasy: he's rich, famous and the life of the party. But, this dream is suddenly sacked for a loss when he discovers the seven-year-old daughter he never knew...
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"The Game Plan" tells the story of rugged superstar quarterback Joe Kingman, whose Boston-based team is chasing a championship. A "serial bachelor," Kingman is living the ultimate fantasy: he's rich, famous and the life of the party. But, this dream is suddenly sacked for a loss when he discovers the seven-year-old daughter he never knew he had--the product of a last fling before parting years ago with his young wife. Now, during the most important time in his career, he must figure out how to juggle his parties, practices and dates with the newfound ballet classes, bedtime stories and dolls that come with his daughter. Equally perplexed is his hard-edged mega-agent, Stella, herself without a parental bone in her body. Despite the often hilarious misadventures that come with being a new father, Joe discovers that there's more to life than money, endorsements and thousands of adoring fans: the love and care of one very special small fan is the only thing that matters.
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This Disney fluff isn't going to score any touchdowns, but by following a lighthearted Game Plan, it should stack up points with the family set.
The Boston Rebels' quarterback Joe Kingman (Dwayne ''The Rock'' Johnson) is known as one of the toughest, most skilled NFL players to ever take the field; he's also probably the most self-absorbed. But his seemingly perfect bachelor life is suddenly thrown for a loop when he discovers Peyton (Madison Pettis), the 8-year-old daughter he never knew existed, on his doorstep. Oops. Now, instead of supermodels and late night parties, Joe has to deal with baby dolls and bedtime stories--and it isn't easy. But as the championship grows nearer, Joe is about to realize what really matters has nothing to do with money, endorsements or even touchdowns--it's all about being selfless and winning the heart of the one little fan who turns out to count the most. Collectively now: "Awww!"
The Rock is Disney's poster boy these days, which must suit him just fine. He knows his limitations, and playing a formidable football player whose heart is softened by a little girl's love is just his cup of tea. And as the precocious Peyton, Pettis (Disney Channel's Cory in the House) hits all the right beats—feisty, cute, handy with the frilly arts and crafts and ballet tutus. There's also Roselyn Sanchez as a ballet-school owner and Joe's potential love interest/sparring partner, especially since she doesn't even know who he is when they first met. The only one in The Game Plan who is sorely out of place is Kyra Sedgwick (TV's The Closer) as Joe's hard-edged mega-agent, a no-nonsense woman who only wants to milk whatever she can out of Joe's fame. The talented actress is obviously too good for the material, but to compensate, she actually overdoes it. Might be better just to stick with the TV gig.
Director Andy Fickman (She's the Man) follows a pretty standard playbook in guiding his Game Plan. There's no fancy footwork in this movie—just basically get the ball, pass the ball and gain the yards. It's straight, clean wholesomeness. In fact, Game Plan is reminiscent of the old-school Disney live-action flicks of the '60s and '70s, such as The Parent Trap. Coincidentally, Fickman is also set to direct Witch Mountain, the update of Disney's 1975 Escape to Witch Mountain, which will also star The Rock. Game Plan isn't anything more than a pleasant way to spend an hour and half with your kids at the movie theater, especially if it's a father-daughter outing.
Hollywood.com rated this film 2 1/2 stars.
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