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The Game Plan (2007)


Average Rating: 4.6/10
Reviews Counted: 102
Fresh: 29
Rotten: 73

Critics Consensus: Despite The Rock's abundant charisma, The Game Plan is just another run-of-the-mill Disney comedy.

Average Rating: 4.6/10
Reviews Counted: 30
Fresh: 9
Rotten: 21

Critics Consensus: Despite The Rock's abundant charisma, The Game Plan is just another run-of-the-mill Disney comedy.


Average Rating: 3.5/5
User Ratings: 406,102


Movie Info

Gridiron Gang star Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson picks up the pigskin once again for this sports-themed family comedy concerning a football superstar who abandons the gridiron to answer the call of fatherhood. Joe Kingman (Johnson) was a star quarterback destined for greatness; not only is the Boston-based team he plays for well on their way to the championships, but he's got all the money and fame that a man could want out of life. A perpetual bachelor whose one brief marriage ended many moons ago, … More

PG (for some mild thematic elements)
Directed By:
Written By:
Nicole Millard , Nichole Millard , Kathryn Price
In Theaters:
Jan 22, 2008
Box Office:
Buena Vista - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for The Game Plan

All Critics (104) | Top Critics (31) | Fresh (29) | Rotten (73) | DVD (21)

Johnson's amiable performance makes this watchable for the target audience; namely sporty daddies and spoiled little girls primed to assimilate their lives into the Disney brand.

Full Review… | March 7, 2008
Time Out
Top Critic

Please: No Game Plan 2.

October 6, 2007
Miami Herald
Top Critic

It's what I like to call an amnesia movie. Six months from now, if someone asks me about The Game Plan, I'll be hard-pressed to remember what it's about or who's in it.

October 1, 2007
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Johnson's a good actor, but it would take the ghost of Laurence Olivier to convince us that a grown man could legitimately fall for this brat.

Full Review… | September 30, 2007
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

Generic to the point where it might be called Sport-Themed Disney Girly Movie All Rights Reserved.

Full Review… | September 28, 2007
Toronto Star
Top Critic

As polished and innocuous as a spin around the park on Dumbo.

Full Review… | September 28, 2007
Seattle Times
Top Critic

In many ways, The Game Plan is really just a big-budget, feature-film version of a Disney Channel Original Movie.

Full Review… | June 3, 2014
7M Pictures

The Rock scores in cute (if predictable) comedy.

Full Review… | December 18, 2010
Common Sense Media

A barf-inducer. A hurl-promoter. A projectile-vomit-stimulator.

Full Review… | March 7, 2008

Somebody give Dwayne Johnson a decent role, please. Sure this is relatively inoffensive, but he's a great screen presence and deserves better.

Full Review… | March 7, 2008

Despite its cheesy story, The Game Plan has one major trump card: The Rock is actually quite good.

Full Review… | March 7, 2008

Even The Rock's immense charisma cannot save this predicatable fare.

Full Review… | March 7, 2008
Empire Magazine

Watchable comedy that manages to overcome its formulaic plot and cliche-laden script, largely thanks to Johnson being such a likeable comic actor.

Full Review… | March 6, 2008

Despite its almost painfully silly predictability, this film somehow manages to be engaging and rather enjoyable, thanks mainly to The Rock's on-screen charisma.

Full Review… | February 21, 2008
Shadows on the Wall ultimately seems unlikely that the movie will appeal to viewers outside of its target demographic (ie pre-pubescent tots).

Full Review… | February 4, 2008
Reel Film Reviews

The Game Plan makes The Pacifier look like No Country for Old Men.

Full Review… | January 24, 2008
Film Freak Central

Formulaic, but watchable.

Full Review… | January 23, 2008

maudlin and manipulative

Full Review… | January 20, 2008

As a family friendly movie, The Game Plan works perfectly well.

Full Review… | January 19, 2008
Movie Metropolis

I don't know what planet the people who put this together live on, but the behavior depicted here has nothing to do with anything recognizable as human, let alone normal.

Full Review… | January 12, 2008
Cinema Signals

Not great, not bad.

Full Review… | January 10, 2008
St. Paul Pioneer Press

The film improves, but the heavy handed first half drags its mood to the end, where predictability and corn mix into a concoction as unappetising as the health smoothie Joe Kingman creates for breakfast with his disgusted little daughter

Full Review… | October 27, 2007
Urban Cinefile

Neither perceptive nor authentic, it lacks genuine humour and shows what an overwritten and under-funny script, put in the hands of immature actors, can produce.

Full Review… | October 20, 2007
Apollo Guide

All fairly harmless, but outside of the kid and family target audience, also fairly forgettable.

Full Review… | October 19, 2007

You can't not like The Rock.

Full Review… | October 19, 2007

Audience Reviews for The Game Plan


A cute movie that was a lot of fun that had me and my daughters giggling all night. Good family fun.

John Manard

Super Reviewer

THE GAME PLAN was a very sad movie. And when I say that it was very sad, I mean the fact that it was made is sad. It's such an awful "family" take on a football film, and it could have been so great...if 97% of it was cut out.

Alexander Diminiano

Super Reviewer


Come on Dwayne, stop doing crappy kids movies. Joe Kingman (Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson) is a famous quaterback who is living the dream life, but gets a unexpected surprise when a daughter he never met named Payton (Madison Pettis) and she turns his life upside down. This is just a simple movie just for kids. This movie is something kids will love, but adults will fall asleep. I really disliked this movie.

Jim Careter

Super Reviewer

I knew this movie was terrible the first time I saw it, but I needed to see it a 2nd time on (what else?!) but ABC Family (Don't ask why I watched it) to realize how horribly wrong this movie went.

Let's start with the Rock's new, and absolutely NOT improved, style. Dwayne Johnson is trying to be the family movie guy, who makes kids laugh and parents go "Awwwww!" Well it's really not working! Seeing him play a soft hearted football player was stupid, and flat out disturbing. Also, here's a tip Dwayne! Family movie characters don;t get these looks where they look like a robot out of a terminator film!

The little girl was worse. I don;t care if she's cute or not, she was more annoying then watching Glee for 5 days straight without water, food or sleep. She was an EXTREMELY bad actor, especially when she tries to be serious, which gives me no choice but to yell out a spontaneous "YEAH, I'M ACTING!!"

And then they had to drag Kiera Sedgewick into this nonsense. That's right, Kiera Sedgewick, from The Closer, actually makes an appearence in this film as The Rock's agent.

The humor was god awfully bad too. Like when the attorney is eating a Fanny's Burger and farts. I guess the director of The Gameplan, is one of those idiots who thinks farting is funny. And then there's the scene where thr cok is covered in bubbles and looks like a clown, only to find out his football is bedazzled? What am I suppoused to say? Oh yeah! Hahahahaha...No, no I just can;t say it.

Bottom line, this movie is terrible, stupid, predictable, unrealistic and stupid. Yes I said stupid twice, that's how bad it is.

Marc L.
Marc Lewis

Super Reviewer

The Game Plan Quotes

Joe Kingman:
You need to be a mom to do this stuff.
Monique Vasquez:
I don't know about that. True mothers are smarter, kinder, and better at just about everything.
– Submitted by Kerwin M (2 years ago)
Joe Kingman:
I thought you were dead.
Karen Kelly:
I can assure you I'm not dead.
– Submitted by Kerwin M (2 years ago)
Peyton Kelly:
[to Joe] My name is Peyton. I'm your daughter.
– Submitted by Kerwin M (2 years ago)
Joe Kingman:
Peyton, I have an an answer for your question. After this game, win or lose, you're the best thing that's ever happened to me.
– Submitted by Kerwin M (2 years ago)
Peyton Kelly:
My mommy says Fanny's Burgers make kids fat and give you gas.
– Submitted by Kerwin M (2 years ago)
Joe Kingman:
Bostun Webels, experience the heat. Buston Webels, catch the magik. Buston Webels, catch... who wites this?
– Submitted by Kerwin M (2 years ago)

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