Game Plan, The
Entertainment: +3
Acceptability: +4

The Rock, Kyra Sedgwick. Comedy.

FILM SYNOPSIS: The Game Plan tells the story of rugged superstar quarterback Joe Kingman (the Rock), whose Boston-based team is chasing a championship. A serial bachelor, Kingman is living the ultimate fantasy: hes rich, famous and the life of the party. But this dream is suddenly sacked for a loss when he discovers the 7-year-old daughter (newcomer Madison Pettis) he never knew he had the product of a last fling before parting years ago withhis young wife. Now, during the most important time in his career, he must figure out how to juggle his parties, practices and dates with the newfound ballet classes, bedtime stories and dolls that come with his daughter.

PREVIEW REVIEW: Okay, when it comes to acting, Dwayne the Rock Johnson is no Van Johnson. Or Don Johnson. Or Arte Johnson. Still, he has a screen presence. And following Vin () Diesels lead, the former wrestler is edging his way out of the invincible gladiator roles and into the family friendly genre. This latest is corny but cute, devoid not just of bad language and exploitive sexuality, but cynicism as well. Indeed, it pulls at the heartstrings. Actually, it plucks them with moments of sweetness that begin to gnaw at your teeth. But both the Rock and the film hold our attention. The Game Plan reminds kids and adults alike that happiness is found when we get outside ourselves. And how nice it is to view a film dads can take their little girls to. Is it a great comedy? No. But somehow, its a satisfying one.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
Distributor: Walt Disney Studios

Crude Language: I caught no crudity.
Obscene Language: None
Profanity: None
Violence: A couple of slapstick pratfalls and the viewing of football players getting sacked. The film does reveal the death of a parent, but the filmmakers handle the subject discreetly so as to not alarm preschoolers. That said, a parent should be there to reassure little ones.
Sexual Intercourse: None. There is a party with lots of party girls in attendance, but the scene is there to show the party boy nature of the lead before he develops character.
Nudity: None
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: None
Drug Abuse: Liquor is served at a party.
Other: None
Running Time: 120 minutes
Intended Audience: Family

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