A star football player (Dwayne ``The Rock'' Johnson) tries to juggle his carefree lifestyle, his team's bid for the championship and the needs of his newly discovered young daughter.
" [Johnson's] quick smile and willingness to play along make him by far the most likable of modern movie muscleheads. He's thus one of the reasons to see The Game Plan. "
" I was hooked. While the critic (sounds like cynic) nitpicked the movie's predictable storytelling and comic set-ups, the mother in me sniffled with emotion as the Big Bad Quarterback turned into a sloppy puddle of a man. "
" There are worse ways to spend two hours with your children, and The Game Plan, in trying to please everybody, fairly much succeeds. "
" Yes, this is a road we've traveled down before, but at least this time, it's paved with a lot of charm and heart. "
" [Actress] Pettis is adorable, but she's compelled to push the cuteness dial well past one's tolerance level. "
" [Pettis] overplays cute to the point where you wish the Rock would practice one of his wrestling moves on her and ship her off to Kid Nation. "
" A Disney comedy that tries to overcompensate with cute what it lacks in clever. "
" Almost every note in this insipid comedy is strident or false. "
" Apart from a heart-tugging plot twist, some lesson learning and more random football talk, that's about it. Oh, except for the scene in which Kyra Sedgwick farts. Be sure to update your resume, Kyra. "
" As polished and innocuous as a spin around the park on Dumbo. "
" Director Andy Fickman seem to have thrown everything into this artificial comedy, in the hopes that something might stick. Almost nothing does. "
" Generic to the point where it might be called Sport-Themed Disney Girly Movie All Rights Reserved. "
" It's what I like to call an amnesia movie. Six months from now, if someone asks me about The Game Plan, I'll be hard-pressed to remember what it's about or who's in it. "
" Johnson's a good actor, but it would take the ghost of Laurence Olivier to convince us that a grown man could legitimately fall for this brat. "
" Johnson's amiable performance makes this watchable for the target audience; namely sporty daddies and spoiled little girls primed to assimilate their lives into the Disney brand. "
" Please: No Game Plan 2. "
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson may be one of the most consistently underrated actors working today. While there are certainly more versatile leading men out there, few of them can match The Rock's charisma. Ultimately, it's that charisma that makes the mediocre family flick The Game Plan a watchable movie.
Johnsons stars as Joe Kingman, an arrogant, self-centered NFL quarterback whose superior talents are matched only by his outsized ego. All of that changes, however, when he learns that he's the father of a precocious eight-year-old named Peyton (Madison Pettis).
Following all of the rules of a Disney family flick, The Game Plan is a paint-by-numbers bundle of cliches held aloft only by the outstanding chemistry between Johnson and Pettis. At 110 minutes, it runs a little long for family fare, but it's enjoyable enough to keep you in your seat until the appropriately happy ending arrives.
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