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… a new twist on Kindergarten Cop and The Pacifier Read full review

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  • 3.0

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  • 50

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    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Game Plan plays like an average sitcom that drags on. This sort of film shouldn't clock in at more than 90 minutes. There are worse ways to spend a few hours, but expect more predictability than laughs in this good-hearted, mindless entertainment.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Scott Brown

    Having tamed one muscled man-child (Vin Diesel in The Pacifier), Disney sets its sights on The Rock. He preens winningly in The Game Plan.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune

    If Steve Martin (“Cheaper by the Dozen”) and Eddie Murphy (“Daddy Day Care”) can’t make these PG-rated assembly-line comedies any fun, what chance does The Rock have?

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  • 60

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    A throwback to the days when Disney would recruit second- and third-tier stars to stroll through indifferently written, modestly produced comic fluff that served as family entertainment.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 6+

The Rock scores in cute (if predictable) comedy.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this cute family comedy features football violence and pratfalls. Lots of people, including young girls, fall and only get minor injuries, and a parent's death is addressed. Peyton runs away to find her father and ends up in some very mildly perilous situations (being left alone at a club, etc.). It's worth noting that although the film makes fun of the insane commercialism of football, it also mentions more than a dozen products, and plugs the Disney Channel and Elvis movies.

  • Families can talk about why kids want to see this movie -- because of the story, or because of Disney's marketing campaign? What usually makes you want to see a movie? Families can also discuss the importance of telling the truth and being generous. Why does Joe feel differently about his game after spending time with Peyton? And, parents, remind kids about why they need to stay with safe adults and not run off on their own, as Peyton does.

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Peyton runs away from home and lies to Karen and Joe. Stella schemes to use Peyton for publicity. Joe forgets Peyton in a club. Joe is initially selfish but eventually learns to share and think of others first -- a great lesson for kids.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence and scariness: Lots of football-related roughness, including sacks, tackles, and close-up shots of Joe being taken down. Joe breaks a rib and hurts his shoulder. Joe slaps another player and accidentally bumps into dancers, knocking them down and dropping others.

  • sex false0

    Sexy stuff: Stella kisses a man when her team wins. Joe spends many scenes shirtless and lifting weights.

  • language false0

    Language: Not an issue

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Lots of brands and products are visible or mentioned in the film, including Chanel, ESPN, Cold Stone Creamery, Jell-O, iPods, the Bedazzler, BlackBerry, Dunkin Donuts, Nike, Dasani water, a Sidekick cell phone, and Cingular wireless. And, of course, shots of the Disney Channel and popular Disney shows like Hannah Montana are featured.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Adults drink at a party, but they don't appear drunk. Peyton shows she knows what a margarita is.