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The Longshots (2008)


Average Rating: 5.2/10
Reviews Counted: 72
Fresh: 29
Rotten: 43

Critics Consensus: The Longshots means well, but it's a largely formulaic affair, rarely deviating from the inspirational sports movie playbook.

Average Rating: 4.9/10
Reviews Counted: 24
Fresh: 7
Rotten: 17

Critics Consensus: The Longshots means well, but it's a largely formulaic affair, rarely deviating from the inspirational sports movie playbook.


Average Rating: 3.5/5
User Ratings: 22,585


Movie Info

Former Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst directs Ice Cube and Keke Palmer in this battle-of-the-sexes sports comedy about a former high-school football star who coaches his niece to become the first-ever girl quarterback in the history of Pop Warner football. Based on a true story, The Longshots opens in the struggling American town of Minden, IL. The Minden Browns used to be one of the strongest teams in the Pop Warner league, but lately things have taken a turn for the worst. Recognizing that … More

PG (for some thematic elements, mild language and brief rude humor)
Drama , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Doug Atchison , Nick Santora
In Theaters:
Dec 2, 2008
Box Office:
The Weinstein Company - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for The Longshots

All Critics (72) | Top Critics (24) | Fresh (29) | Rotten (43) | DVD (8)

It is unabashedly sentimental and, at times sincerely touching, mainly when Ice Cube and Palmer are alone together on the screen.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

The most surprising thing about the inspirational sports movie The Longshots is not that there isn't already an inspirational sports movie with that exact name. The big shock is that the director Fred Durst -- and he doesn't do half bad.

Full Review… | August 28, 2008
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

A cliché-riddled, warm and fuzzy, small-town sports drama.

Full Review… | August 22, 2008
Detroit News
Top Critic

The Longshots is a likable enough Cinderella story, one whose heart is clearly in the right place, even if it winds up on its sleeve once too often.

Full Review… | August 22, 2008
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

This genuinely affecting movie, based on a true story, has a heart as big as a football field even when its plot points are telegraphed.

Full Review… | August 22, 2008
New York Daily News
Top Critic

The Longshots (awful title, guys) plays every instrument in the cliché orchestra, but it at least plays them well, and its characters are likable enough to settle in with for a pleasant hour and a half.

August 22, 2008
New York Post
Top Critic

Despite its roots in real life, much of The Longshots feels like Hollywood stirring the pot.

Full Review… | September 28, 2011
American Profile

The script may have taken an hour to write, and I hope they got a bulk rate on generic inspirational music, but Cube and his young co-star, Keke Palmer, are plenty charismatic, and Durst doesn't knock over the camera.

Full Review… | April 23, 2009
Boston Phoenix

It has a nice message, and despite the fact that I feel he's been totally emasculated over the years, Cube remains a solid actor.

Full Review… | February 27, 2009
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

Durst's surprisingly gentle and understated direction lends the proceedings authenticity even when they cover the most pro forma ground.

Full Review… | February 12, 2009

That's the problem with this well-intentioned celebration of the spirit of Title IX: it wants so badly to be liked that it tries to blend into the crowd. [Blu-ray]

Full Review… | December 28, 2008
Groucho Reviews

Ice Cube brings his family film "A" game to The Longshots

Full Review… | December 19, 2008
Donne Tempo

A winner for the whole family.

Full Review… | November 20, 2008

Cube and Durst have certainly survived worse career flops, but the chances of them working together again on a film? Let's just say it's a longshot.

Full Review… | September 8, 2008
Film Journal International

It's rare to see a well-made movie that empowers young girls the way this one does. So who am I to complain about the plot being formulaic?

Full Review… | September 5, 2008

It's a by-the-numbers Hollywood movie, but a surprisingly competent one.

Full Review… | September 4, 2008
Paste Magazine

Yet another inspirational sports flick.

Full Review… | September 2, 2008
Film Threat

A Disney wannabe, Fred Durst's girl power sports flick is ho hum and very forgettable...

Full Review… | August 29, 2008
Cinema Crazed

The based-on-a-true-story tale of Pop Warner's first female quarterback is a feelgood picture with not a single convention out of place that manages not to offend even if it also doesn't offer a single shred of originality.

Full Review… | August 29, 2008
IGN Movies

...sensitive, well-attuned performances [from] Ice Cube and [Keke] Palmer...

Full Review… | August 29, 2008
Sacramento News & Review

Not maudlin enough to make it memorable

Full Review… | August 28, 2008

None of the scenes snap, crackle or pop.

Full Review… | August 26, 2008
Creative Loafing

Predictable and uninspiring.

Full Review… | August 24, 2008
Illinois Times

A pleasant, if predictable, tale of female empowerment ideal for the under ten set.

Full Review… | August 24, 2008

Audience Reviews for The Longshots

The Longshots is a predictable but enjoyable film about a young girl who just wants to blend in. She's a bit awkward and hides behind her books and is pretty much a loner. She would rather be left alone and seems pretty depressed about her father abandoning her. Her mother Claire works hard long hours and enlists her daughters fathers brother to look after Jasmine while she works. He refuses at first, but eventually agrees. He's not happy about the situation and she's not all that happy about the arrangement either. Curtis finds Jasmine to be rude, distant, and a bit weird since she ignores him behind her books. She doesn't care for him all that much either. She rags on him about his clothes and tells him a few times that he smells. Eventually they find a common interest, Football. Over the sport the two become very close and start to care a lot about each other. I am always more interested in the relationships between the characters. I enjoyed watching the relationship between the uncle and niece build up from being cold and distant to loving like a father and daughter relationship. Of course there was football in the middle of all that. Curtis helps Jasmine come out her shell by teaching her how to play football and by encouraging her to put herself out there. In turn she helped him peel off all the layers he had been hiding behind as well and become more than the smelly man who drinks beer out of a bag. It's a cute charming film. One the family could enjoy.


Super Reviewer

This story behind this movie was OK. I didn't think Keke Palmer played the role tough enough to play an 11 year old Pop Warner football player. Even for 11 year olds, it is a bruising game. But realism aside, it is an uplifting story.

Red Lats

Super Reviewer

Another remarkable true story on American football, but this film is a heart-warming and touching family-friendly, and similarly funny like Hardball. What an unbelievable and fabulous story of the first girl joined in football with boys as a new quarterback with assist from her uncle, an ex-forlorn high school footballer. Ice Cube does an excellent performance as an uncle (a great father-figure) of the first girl quarterback in Pop Warner football history.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer


You should really see this...for the " come back kid " story in all of us. See is packed with loads of fun...especially if you are a football fan!

Fascade Fiveoneeight

Super Reviewer

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