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

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Curtis Plummer (Ice Cube), a down-on-his-luck former football player, becomes the new coach of the Minden, Illinois, Pop Warner football team. With his niece Jasmine (Keke Palmer) installed as the team's quarterback and secret weapon, Curtis has a chance to turn his life around, while the residents of Minden have a chance to recapture their team spirit and civic pride.

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  • Jun 12, 2010
    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 L Super Reviewer
  • Aug 08, 2009
    <I><b>The Longshots</I></b> 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.
  • Jan 31, 2009
    I felt rather pleased with this film, only to the extent that it was both funny and sweet.
    Joseph E Super Reviewer
  • Nov 20, 2008
    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!
    Fascade F Super Reviewer

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