The Game Plan

Saturday, February 23, 2008


In high school, I had two girlfriends who were just as obsessed over The Rock as everyone else was over Justin Timberlake. To this day, I still don't understand what was so hot about WWF Smackdown! (That's right, I said it. I refuse to recognize this WWE business.). "Can you smell what The Rock is cooking?" What the heck kind of corny motto is that? But Americans ate it all up, Thursday night after Thursday night, and low and behold, The Rock, AKA Dwayne Johnson, became a household name and was propelled into the Hollywood film industry. If it weren't for his cheesy beginnings as an overacting, theatrical stud, I might not have judged Dwayne Johnson so harshly, but sadly, I know what made him. He's got to be freaking amazing to change my mind about his acting skills. Yes, he may be easy on the eyes, but he goes and stars in The Game Plan and my respect for him delves deeper into the bottom of the B list barrel.

Joe Kingman has it all; fans, cool digs, good looks, and a successful career as the NFL quarterback for the fictitious Boston Rebels. He's also a selfish jerk. One day, a little girl named Peyton Kelly shows up at his doorstep claiming to be his daughter. She needs a place to stay for month, and Joe doesn't want anything to do with her. But what can he do? Turn this 9 year old away? Instead he takes her in and learns what it means to love someone more than himself.

Some positive things about this hyper-Disney-fied film, The Rock can sign! I know right? Weird. Madison Pettis is a super cutie, and the Bedazzler makes a cameo.

Some bad things that are already a given; the cheese, the gushy I-love-you, you've changed my life crap, and the so over-done tough football player in a tutu bit.

Don't see what The Rock is cookin' tonight. Skip this family popcorn flop for Enchanted. In lieu of Dwayne Johnson, Patrick Dempsey will satisfy the handsome quota.

Movie Review by Jenn Bollish at 8:17 PM  

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