The Game Plan (2007) – Review

1 1/2 Stars

Despite the efforts and charm of Dwayne Johnson this Walt Disney production is lackluster in every way. An unoriginal premise is recycled yet again resulting in a laugh less affair, which should amuse 10 year olds and not many others. Joe Kingman (Johnson) is the star quarterback for the Boston Rebels and the town’s most eligible bachelor. That’s until the appearance of a little girl claiming to be his daughter from a long forgotten relationship puts Joe’s life style and personal identity in jeopardy. The moronic screenplay is littered with cliches and cartoon-ish characters, (specifically, the teammates). Add to this one of the most obnoxious performances from a child actor in recent memory and you have a harmless but uninvolved film about a jerk whose child is even more abrasive.

Throughout the picture this kid must cause $200,000 dollars worth of damage to property and numerous incidents of physical harm to adults. Yet in the end we are supposed to care about this child and believe that Johnson’s character is a better man with her in his life. Half the movie I was waiting for ‘The Rock’ to toss this little girl and get back to the bachelor days. Directed without any sort of style by Andy Fickrman, this so-called comedy should be penalized for leaving a star with the comedic flair of Dwayne Johnson to flounder in a sea of mediocrity.

Director: Andy Fickman
Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Madison Pettis, Kyra Sedgwick

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