The Game Plan

DVD Reviews | Jan 28th, 2008

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Starring Dwayne Johnson, Madison Pettis, Kyra Sedgwick, Roselyn Sanchez, Morris Chestnut
Written By: Audrey Wells, Nichole Millard, Kathryn Price
Directed By: Andy Fickman
Studio: Disney/ Buena Vista
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I had no desire to see this movie but since I was bored one Saturday afternoon, I decided to check it out. While it wasn’t out right bad or anything, it certainly didn’t offer anything original or new. I like movies with the Rock (Dwayne Johnson) in it, but I think he needs to go back to mindless action movies.

Game Plan is about an aging football star named Joe Kingman (Dwayne Johnson) with an ego the size of his fancy apartment. Seriously, he has pictures of himself all over the apartment. That’s just a little creepy. Then one day his life changes when the daughter he didn’t think he had shows up at his doorstep. Apparently her mother dropped Peyton (Madison Pettis) off and headed to Africa for some job. So Joe Kingman has to take care of the little girl for a month, and quickly learns the hard way on how to raise a child. To kill time, Joe gets Peyton to take some ballet classes but she wants him to do it with her as well. While all this is happening his pain in the ass agent is trying to get Joe endorsement deals and get his daughter out of the picture & to focus on himself again. Cue wacky movie clichs and fish out of water scenes.

I think Dwayne Johnson is a good actor and has good charisma on the screen. He’s also funny at times, and has decent comedic timing. I think he’s trying to take a detour and do something else besides action flicks. He doesn’t seem out of place in this family movie, and he plays the egotistical football player quite well. The little girl that played Peyton was adorable, and certainly held her own against older actors in the movie. You might recognize her as the girl that got her wind pipe busted in Jericho’s pilot episode. Roselyn Sanchez added some much needed hotness to the movie, at least I thought so anyway. I know it’s not that type of movie but I need at least something hot to look at in a movie. Now as far the overall movie is concerned, I thought it was entertaining for a little bit but then I got bored with after awhile. It just was a typical, clich movie and just wasn’t original at all. Sure there might have been a few twists in the movie that I didn’t see coming, but I just think this movie didn’t break any new ground. I did laugh out loud a few times though. I thought it was funny when Joe Kingman licks his fingers and get some food off one of his teammate’s face. The look on the guy’s face is priceless.

The Game Plan’s DVD has some deleted scenes, commentary, bloopers, and other extras on it but I really wasn’t that interested in them. Maybe if you like the movie you’ll want to check them out, but I didn’t. I thought the movie had its moments but in the end, it just ended up being an unoriginal family movie that offered nothing really that new. However, The Game Plan did have a few funny moments in the movie. It’s worth renting if you got a little one running around the house, wrecking your apartment too.

Chalk Talk – the Rock and the director give a unique commentary
Bloopers with Marv Albert
Deleted Scenes
ESPN Sportscenter DVD/Blu-ray Exclusive: The King in Search Of A Ring – Stuart Scott of ESPN host a look at Joe Kingman’s fictitious biography
ESPN Sportscenter DVD/Blu-ray Exclusive: The Rock learns to play QB – ESPN’s Sean Salisbury interviews The Rock on how he learned to play quarterback for the movie
Drafting The Game Plan Behind the scenes featurette
Peyton’s Makeover Madness Set Top Activity

ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1
SPANISH: Dolby Digital Stereo
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Stereo

Widescreen 2.35:1 Color

Spanish, French

Favorite Scenes: When Joe wipes off his friends face with leftover food, the ballet scene
Rating: PG
Running Time: 110 minutes
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