Rebound (2005)



Critic Consensus: Rebound ought to entertain its target audience, but there's nothing here for those who've seen The Bad News Bears or its countless derivatives.

Movie Info

A man hoping to make his way back to the big time starts by heading back to middle school in this comedy. Roy McCormick (Martin Lawrence) is one of the most successful coaches in college basketball, but he's just as famous for his hair-trigger temper as he is for molding winning teams. When an outburst of anger during a game escalates into an embarrassing public indecent, McCormick loses his job and is banned from college sports. Looking for a way to rehabilitate his image, McCormick takes a job … More

Rating: PG (for mild language and thematic elements)
Genre: Comedy
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Written By: Ed Decter, John J. Strauss, Scott Moore, Jon Lucas, John Lucas
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 20, 2005
Box Office: $16.7M
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Critic Reviews for Rebound

All Critics (97) | Top Critics (38)

Lawrence coasts on star power, genially sending up his bad-boy persona.

Full Review… | July 6, 2005
Village Voice
Top Critic

... a dumb, cookie-cutter sports movie that knows nothing about sports and even less about comedy.

Full Review… | July 5, 2005
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

A lazy, by-the-numbers vehicle.

Full Review… | July 1, 2005
Washington Post
Top Critic

Even the teenaged misfit audiences to whom "Rebound" is targeted will lose patience with the film's uninspired gags and lazy writing.

Full Review… | April 16, 2009

An adequate video babysitter, but kids and parents alike would have a better time simply rewatching The Bad News Bears.

Full Review… | March 1, 2007
Film Journal International

Frankly I wouldn't be surprised if Rebound was written, shot, edited, and released over the course of ... let's be generous and say three weeks.

Full Review… | December 10, 2005

Audience Reviews for Rebound


A comedy where old school ...meets middle school

Good movie. Basketball with kids is always fun and funny. I like sports movies specially basketball one's. This movie story was totally predictable but it was an entertaining film at least and the end was nice. The slow ref was funny jajaja.

Coach Roy once was college basketball's top mastermind. But lately his attentions have been on his next endorsements, not on his next game. What¹s more, Roy's temper has run amuck, leading to his being banned from college ball until he can demonstrate compliance--in other words, not explode every time he walks onto the court. Roy waits and waits; for a suitable coaching offer, but he receives only one: the Mount Vernon Junior High School Smelters basketball squad. Roy reluctantly accepts the offer, hoping that a few weeks at the school will prove his good intentions and restore him to his high-living ways as a celebrated college coach. But when old school meets middle school, Coach Roy doesn't know what hit him. It's not until Roy decides to teach his young charges some new concepts--like passing, rebounding, dribbling, and scoring--that the Smelters begin to find success and Roy finds something long thought lost: his love of the game.

Manu Gino

Super Reviewer


When I was 11 years old I thought it was good! But I know that I used to be a stupid little kid!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

Hilarious! Precious film minutes are wasted as Martin Lawrence ho-hums the gig, Pace picks up when he puts his heart into transforming his geeky team into confident winners. Despite a few humour gaps, the film manages to entertain in large part because of the believability of the painful, embarrassing moments the kids experience asking the way.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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