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The Comebacks (2007)

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Average Rating: 2.7/10
Reviews Counted: 33
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 30

Full of groin-centric humor and tired sports clichés, The Comebacks is poor even by parody movie standards.

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Average Rating: 2.6/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 11

Full of groin-centric humor and tired sports clichés, The Comebacks is poor even by parody movie standards.

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The producers of Wedding Crashers are back with the comedy The Comebacks. Spoofing countless inspirational sports movies, the film stars David Koechner (Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy) as Lambeau Fields, a football coach who suffers from a streak of bad luck that has become the stuff of legend. As a last resort, he takes a job coaching a college football team populated with some of the least desirable players imaginable. He must pull this ragtag crew together in order to salvage his

PG-13,

Comedy

Ed Yeager, Joey Gutierrez

Jan 29, 2008

$13.3M

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Someone should tell these guys you can't score a touchdown throwing lateral passes.

December 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comment (1)
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The Comebacks is probably the worst movie that's sludged across my professional eyeballs -- worse than Daddy Day Camp, Baby Geniuses 2, and BloodRayne.

October 24, 2007 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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There is no I in "team," but there are three in "idiotic." And idiotic more or less describes the appeal of The Comebacks, a so-stupid-it's-funny spoof of inspirational sports dramas.

October 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
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Sports fans (including those with old head injuries) are likely to cheer. The rest of us may just go for the long pass.

October 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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The dialogue in The Comebacks is bereft of lines that trigger even a snicker.

October 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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One of those parody movies that presume that merely making reference to another film constitutes a joke.

October 20, 2007
New York Times
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...has been infused with an increasingly desperate sensibility that's reflected in the film's almost total lack of genuine laughs...

June 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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for those who would rather step on a tack than sit through another Miracle, this film is a long overdue revival to the spoof genre.

February 16, 2008 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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Saying the makers of this film did a half ass job is giving them half of an ass more credit than they deserve.

November 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs
Three Movie Buffs

Throwing one sex joke after another does not a funny movie make.Just look at "The Comebacks," which is supposed to be a spoof of inspirational sports movies but instead is a parade of mostly lame sexual humor.

November 1, 2007 Full Review
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

[A] pretty much wit-free utterly uninspired takedown of the spunky-underdogs-beat-the-odds genre.

October 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

The fact that The Comebacks makes fun of another sports parody, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, doesn't make it a good movie, but it does say something about the pilfering, postmodern, post-ironic age of cinema we live in.

October 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Comment (1)
Austin Chronicle

...desperately unfunny...

October 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Crude sports spoof too dumbed-down to be funny.

October 24, 2007 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

I wouldn't be surprised if the football player Tom Brady is actually a better filmmaker than the filmmaker Tom Brady.

October 23, 2007 Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com | Comment (1)
EricDSnider.com

May not change your life, but it will be funny.

October 23, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Threat | Comments (3)
Film Threat

A resoundingly unfunny sports-movie spoof that should have gone straight to DVD.

October 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

So egregiously awful that it not only gives a bad name to parody movies, it gives bad names to each of the individual letters used to form the words "parody movies."

October 21, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

As painful as it sounds.

October 20, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Audience Reviews for The Comebacks

The spoof genre, which has lacked creativity and humor for some time already, gets spat upon yet again by hacks with no talent. No point, no fun, no originality; just a few cheap bucks for the film makers.
It takes more than just referencing some recent movies and giving characters double-meaning names to be satire; to make people laugh. Any clod can pick up a cam-corder, and have some bad-acting buddies in cheap costumes imitate somebody. Since the genre being targeted this time is inspirational sports movies, there are a few lame references thrown out to movies of that type: the jokes are so weak the characters actually have to emphasize the references in various ways, to get you to laugh hysterically. It doesn't work.
That's not comedy. However, the same old worn out sophomoric "jokes" ripped off from a middle school washroom (done even more blandly than usual) are all here. If that's not enough, there's a running "gag" of a bus running somebody over. So funny, right? Also, one pathetically poor scene does more product placement than Michael Bay; again with the same unfunny results. A musical bit flops miserably. Pity Carl Weathers, once Apollo Creed in the Rocky series, now stuck with roles in swill like this.
Lousy beyond words. Watching a snail run the marathon would be less tedious than watching this film is. Probably a lot funnier, too. 1 Star 9-25-13
September 30, 2013
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Bruce Bruce

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Decent and enjoyable spoof film; this is one of the better spoof films to come out recently. The film parodies several sports films, and does it well enough to keep you interested from start to finish. I enjoyed the film for what it was, and thought it was a decent comedy that had some good laughs. However after awhile, the film didn't know how to deliver its gags, and it got tiresome a bit. Nonetheless, this is far better than Date Movie, Epic Movie, Meet the Spartans, etc. The cast do what they can with a sometimes lacking script, but despite this, The Comebacks is over the top fun and if you can get by how silly this film is, then you might enjoy it. I liked the film, but I felt it could have been better. However I'll admit it's the best spoof films to come around in a long time and despite its imperfections, it does manage to make you laugh because of its silliness. If you're in the mood for some decent laughs, then this film is the one to watch. As far as parody films are concerned, this one succeeds well enough for you to enjoy a mindless evening of laughs. Like I said, this is better than most spoof films, but towards the end it does lack a bit. But in the end, if you're in the mood, you're sure to enjoy this dimwitted comedy. Although it lacks in some areas, it makes up for it with it's over the top humor. A decent comedy in the end, The Comebacks is worth watching if you're in the right mood. However never expect anything great with this one.
July 2, 2012
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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It is probably one of the funniest spoof movies out there, but when it comes down to it, it's still the same thing over and over again!
January 11, 2010
KJ Proulx

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Another crap spoof, and another crap football flick. This is just as bad as delta farce, alittle better but not much. It looks pretty naff and the comedy is nowhere to be found. The cast is D-list and there really isn't anything to recommend here haha maybe if you like American football.
July 18, 2009
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