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The Longshots (2008)

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

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

29

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

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

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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

PG,

Drama, Comedy

Nick Santora, Doug Atchison

Dec 2, 2008

$11.4M

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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.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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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.

August 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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A cliché-riddled, warm and fuzzy, small-town sports drama.

August 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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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.

August 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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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.

August 22, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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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
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Despite its roots in real life, much of The Longshots feels like Hollywood stirring the pot.

September 28, 2011 Full Review Source: American Profile
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.

April 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
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.

February 27, 2009 Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

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

February 12, 2009 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

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]

December 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

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

December 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Donne Tempo
Donne Tempo

A winner for the whole family.

November 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Hollywood.com
Hollywood.com

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.

September 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
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?

September 5, 2008 Full Review Source: The Cinema Source

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

September 4, 2008 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

Yet another inspirational sports flick.

September 2, 2008 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

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

August 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
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.

August 29, 2008 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

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

August 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Not maudlin enough to make it memorable

August 28, 2008 Full Review Source: jackiekcooper.com
jackiekcooper.com

None of the scenes snap, crackle or pop.

August 26, 2008 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

Predictable and uninspiring.

August 24, 2008 Full Review Source: Illinois Times
Illinois Times

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

August 24, 2008 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze
NewsBlaze

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.
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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.
June 12, 2010
Redlats

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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.
March 22, 2009
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Dean McKenna

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You should really see this...for the " come back kid " story in all of us. See this...it is packed with loads of fun...especially if you are a football fan!
December 16, 2008
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