Movie #93 2020: The Game Plan (2007)

Time for another Disney+ splurge! This time it’s with my main man, Dwayne Johnson.

Yeah, so this is a very average movie, but at least Dwayne Johnson is the best thing since sliced bread. For a film that looks like it was a Made-For-TV hootenanny, it’s surprising to read that on a $22 million budget, this movie hit a sky high $146 million at the box office. You read correctly. How nuts is that?

Was this revenue warranted? Probably not. But it’s enjoyable enough.

Sure, the story is sickly sweet, kind of predictable, and definitely filled with more jokes for kids than adults. But then again, it’s Disney for crying out loud! Everything is supposed to be way too happy and fairy tale-like, right? In the current climate, that’s what we all need a little more of. So if you’re looking for a film to watch with your kids that neither of you have seen before, this is not a bad shout.

What is most surprising about The Game Plan is that although it is obvious where it’s going the entire way through, there’s a plot twist that took me entirely by surprise. As soon as this movie began, I was convinced I had the whole plot worked out immediately. Alas, I was wrong. Genuinely, I did not see something so deep happening in such a shallow film, so it’s worth a watch for that if nothing else.

As a side note: does Morris Chestnut just sit around waiting for calls for him to play another stock athlete role? For real.

No, I wouldn’t recommend this movie unless you’re struggling for new things to watch with your kids in isolation. But it’s FINE, okay? Bang average.

The Game Plan is available to stream on Disney+, NowTV or Sky Go in the UK.

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