PG 110min 2007
A superstar with an ego bigger than a football field, Joe Kingman (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) is getting ready for a run at the big championship game when the 8-year-old daughter he never knew existed shows up at this not-so-family-friendly bachelor pad. As the big game gets closer, he begins to realize the most meaningful win he can achieve is the heart of the one little fan who counts the most.
“The Game Plan” is a family film geared to a young audience. It’s a Disney film made with the Disney’s sensibility. Johnson did it for the paycheck and his not the star of this show. It’s a family film that the kids will like and parents can tolerate.
It is a family film. There is not that much adult humor in the film. Some of the stuff that Pettis gets away with should lead to some kind of punishment but its laughed off as children will be children. For the most part she is running this household and has daddy wrapped around her finger from the moment he knows she is his.
“The Game Plan” is a film that “The Rock” had to have done for the paycheck. He tries to do comedy but a man that big is struggling to make it funny. He is still trying to ride the wave of his Saturday Night Live success. Most of his team mates are so much more forgiving than real life. Then to top it off he is not the star of his own top bill film.
Madison Pettis and Kyra Segwick steal the show from him every time they are on the screen. Pettis is the highlight of this film and is just adorable and obnoxious at the same time. Segwick as Johnson’s agent is funny the moment she hits the screen. She created a character with quirks that funny to watch; it shows why she is an underrated talent in Hollywood.
As this is a Disney DVD “The Game Plan” has many specialized special features. It has blooper and deleted with commentary by Marv Albert. There is a fictional ESPN bio piece on Joe King hosted by Stuart Scott. A featurette on Johnson learning the fundamentals of Quarterbacking is one of about four other featurettes. There are movie previews for “101 Dalmations: Special Edition”, “Wall E”, “Enchanted”, “Tinker Bell”, “Snow Buddies”, “The Aristocats”, and “Twitches Too”.
I give it 3/5.