epiphany_maria (epiphany_maria) wrote,

Film Review: The Game Plan (2008)

Dwayne Johnson has done action, comedy, existential weirdness and now he does a twee, sappy Disney flick.

He plays Joe Kingman, an American football star who is arrogant, selfish and owner of a ridiculously OTT bachelor pad. Disney caters to the minivan majority by regularly showing Johnson with his shirt off, making one wonder how much pancake makeup was needed to cover his massive tattoo collection. Anyway one day Joe learns he has a daughter by his ex-wife.

The daughter, Peyton, is played by a precociously wannabe-cute child actress who can't act. She makes Joe a better person and helps him find a new interest with her ballet teacher. Then Peyton's evil harridan guardian Karen shows up to sunder this newly formed parental unit. No! Back shrieky woman, Joe and Peyton are now a family and live happily, ever after.

This is twee, sappy and emotionally manipulative. It's also got plot holes you could drive a minivan through. It does have some funny moments though I will give it that.
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