“The Game Plan” was Without One

Genres: Comedy, Kids/Family and Sports
Running Time:
1 hr. 50 min.
Release Date:
September 28th, 2007 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG for some mild thematic elements.
Buena Vista Pictures Distribution

Directed by: Andy Fickman

JJ Rating: B

Joe Kingman (Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson) is a self-centered jock (we all know one of those) who thinks partying and spending money on women is the life to lead until he finds out he has a daughter by the name of Peyton (Madison Pettis). Then things become complicated and he starts seeing things differently. The Game Plan.

I’m going to start with acting. Johnson did well and so did Pettis. She was perky and used her eyes a lot and made her more believable and cute. But I think Kyra Sedgwick (who played Stella Peck) was the shining wow of the movie. She just stood out with her snide agent attitude. It was funny. She would say something just wrong and she would then all the sudden have this face of ‘what did I say’. Ha.

The story was simple. It was a character that has been done before many times over which is just fine considering this world is full of those types of selfish people why not make them the main characters so they can be laughed at when they point out the flaws in characters modeled after them. Off point. Anyway I think that it was too long. It should have been shorter and a bit tighter. The story sort of went in different directions without having a major focus outside of this cocky football player has a daughter. It was as if the movie had too much on its plate.

The Game Plan was a girly movie as well as a child movie. It isn’t something a male would really like even though there is football in it. They found a way to make football more girly and less for anyone of the male gender. So this movie is for the mother and the kids and not the father and the kids. Don’t be a mean mother and send the father to this movie…it would not be right and you should feel guilty should you have already done this.

The Game Plan was a movie my friend wanted to see because it was holding such a high spot in the box office. It was not something I would have chosen to see and after seeing it I have to agree with my initial reaction of NO. I don’t want it when the DVD dances out. Though, I have to give Disney major props because they released a kid’s movie when there was a ton of rated R movies and so it got the attention of the parents. Smart move. Even though The Game Plan was not cohesive enough to keep my attention or make me want to ever see it again.

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