The Longshots

2008

The Longshots

Critics Consensus

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 his old team needs some fresh blood in order to make a comeback, a former player (Cube) trains his 11-year-old niece, Jasmine (Palmer), to throw the ball like a true gridiron giant. While the powers that be scoff at the idea of a female quarterback, they soon begin to sing a different tune as Jasmine leads the Browns to the championships and an invigorating shot at redemption. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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All Critics (71) | Top Critics (23) | Fresh (29) | Rotten (42)

  • It is unabashedly sentimental and, at times sincerely touching, mainly when Ice Cube and Palmer are alone together on the screen.

    Oct 18, 2008 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Aug 28, 2008 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • A cliché-riddled, warm and fuzzy, small-town sports drama.

    Aug 22, 2008 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Aug 22, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Aug 22, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Aug 22, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/4

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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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