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The Game Plan (2007)

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28

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

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

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

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

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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,

PG,

Comedy

Nichole Millard, Kathryn Price

Jan 22, 2008

$90.5M

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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.

March 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Please: No Game Plan 2.

October 6, 2007
Miami Herald
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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
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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.

September 30, 2007 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
L.A. Weekly
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Generic to the point where it might be called Sport-Themed Disney Girly Movie All Rights Reserved.

September 28, 2007 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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As polished and innocuous as a spin around the park on Dumbo.

September 28, 2007 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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In many ways, The Game Plan is really just a big-budget, feature-film version of a Disney Channel Original Movie.

June 3, 2014 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

The Rock scores in cute (if predictable) comedy.

December 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

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

March 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Guardian | Comments (2)
Guardian

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

March 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4 | Comment (1)

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

March 7, 2008 Full Review Source: BBC.com | Comment (1)
BBC.com

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

March 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
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.

March 6, 2008 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

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.

February 21, 2008 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

...it ultimately seems unlikely that the movie will appeal to viewers outside of its target demographic (ie pre-pubescent tots).

February 4, 2008 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

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

January 24, 2008 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

Formulaic, but watchable.

January 23, 2008 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze
NewsBlaze

maudlin and manipulative

January 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Comment (1)
Filmcritic.com

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

January 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Comment (1)
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.

January 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinema Signals
Cinema Signals

Not great, not bad.

January 10, 2008 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
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

October 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
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.

October 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

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

October 19, 2007 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

You can't not like The Rock.

October 19, 2007 Full Review Source: PopMatters | Comment (1)
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Audience Reviews for The Game Plan

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.
August 22, 2011
spielberg00

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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.
March 1, 2011
Marc L.
Marc Lewis

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    1. Joe Kingman: You need to be a mom to do this stuff.
    2. 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)
    1. Joe Kingman: I thought you were dead.
    2. Karen Kelly: I can assure you I'm not dead.
    – Submitted by Kerwin M (2 years ago)
    1. Peyton Kelly: [to Joe] My name is Peyton. I'm your daughter.
    – Submitted by Kerwin M (2 years ago)
    1. 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)
    1. Peyton Kelly: My mommy says Fanny's Burgers make kids fat and give you gas.
    – Submitted by Kerwin M (2 years ago)
    1. 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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