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The Game Plan
Half his size, twice the trouble ... and she's moving in.
NFL quarterback Joe Kingman was living the bachelor lifestyle when one day he discovers that he has a 8-year-old daughter from a previous relationship.
Film #18 of The Movie King's Scavenger Hunt Challenge: Disney Edition
Task #22: A Disney film that would leave Walt rolling in his grave
While not the worst thing the company has put out since Walt's death (Maleficent, Chicken Little, Mars Needs Moms, The Princess Diaries, Camp Rock, and Hocus Pocus are far worse turds than this junk pile), The Game Plan is still a jumbled and unfocused mess from the studio known for its dreams and imagination. Whoever decided to put someone as hardcore as The Rock in a family comedy about him raising a child he never thought he had is beyond me. The comedic gags, if one can call them that, it's just something a two-year-old thought…
"Tatiana, I feel my temperature risin'!"
It might sound a little strange saying that Dwayne Johnson is like a superior Schwarzenegger, but for all intents and purposes he kinda is.
His skills are superior to Schwarzenegger in the movie star arena (by that meaning, they both rely on charisma to drag their films along), he is funnier (intentionally), he's easier on the eyes, he has a better build for the screen and he is far more superior in the family comedy area than poor Arnie. Dwayne's action roles are probably what makes that opening statement questionable, but in The Game Plan there is no doubt he's bringing his all...and I lapped up every minute of it.
...The Tooth Fairy's a different story, though,
I've said it before and no doubt I will say it again - I will watch Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson in anything. What surprised me the most is that somehow, with sheer charisma alone, he manages to make The Game Plan fairly enjoyable!
Now I will admit that I found the kid to be an inconsistent and somewhat annoying character, but she did eventually win me over. And sure the story does hit the obvious beats (although one twist did catch me off-guard) but dammit it's all done with such a good nature that I couldn't help but find myself smiling throughout.
Justifying why I blind-bought this on blu-ray in the first place, however, is an entirely different story.
I think this might be my new worst film ever.
Bit of a sucker for for these kinds of films, and the fact that it stars the most electrifying man in sports and entertainment, The Rock, made it an even more attractive proposition. Of course it's not a masterpiece, but Rock has winning charm, the little girl is cute and their burgeoning relationship is sweet. There's a bulldog too, and a sexy latino ballet teacher. Inoffensive Disney comedy. Not as good as The Tooth Fairy though, I don't care what anyone says that film is great.
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Twee as anything but The Rock commits and constant Elvis keeps it bumping along. The fun closing credits leave you smiling.
I hate myself for liking this so much.
Not sure why I watched this, but it's tolerable and has some heart. Plus, I'll watch anything Dwayne is in.
Honestly, this movie is not as bad as it looks. It's nothing spectacular, it didn't change my life, but most of it feels component and somewhat genuine. I liked Dwayne Johnson's character, I liked his relationship with his daughter, I found it funny at times, I was invested in the story, etc. Nothing to write home about, but a sweet flick all the same.
Watched this movie with my daughter and we got some good laughs.
Actually a nice little family film. The rock does a good job and the little isn't annoying. Worth the viewing. No need for a repeat viewing.
I CRIED TWICE IM NOT JOKING I WANT DWAYNE JOHNSON TO BIRTH ME!!!
Film #1 of the 2016 Awards Season Scavenger Hunt!
Task #20: Film 1 of 6 connecting Dwayne Johnson to Kevin Bacon (The Rock -> Morris Chestnut)
I'll get this part out of the way first because it's the bit that's actually relevant to the reviewing process: no, the plot isn't super sturdy. In fact, I can assure you that nearly everything of consequence in the movie can be discerned from the summary. If you're really good, you might only need the poster. Really. Within the first five minutes, you'll also learn that the writing isn't Disney's best and that the kid (Madison Pettis) is more annoying than endearing. (Yes, she stays at that level of vaguely irritating through the…
(Last Updated: 31 January 2016)
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