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Dave White Profile

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  • 2.0

    out of 100

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  • 0

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

    Probably the worst movie that's sludged across my professional eyeballs -- worse than "Daddy Day Camp," "Baby Geniuses 2," and "BloodRayne."

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  • 30

    out of 100

    The New York Times

    The movie’s low aspirations are depressing because its best gags are agreeably demented.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    Los Angeles Times Gene Seymour

    You'll be goaded throughout The Comebacks to think of "Bend It Like Beckham," "Remember the Titans," "Rudy," "Hoosiers," "Field of Dreams" and their ilk. What you also think about is how much this stuff worked better in "Airplane!" or "Blazing Saddles."

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  • 40

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Frank Scheck

    Koechner tries hard, but ultimately scores few laughs except for when, like Ferrell, he bares his comically less than toned, fleshy body.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 13+

Crude sports spoof too dumbed-down to be funny.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that because this sports-movie spoof has been marketed as being from the creators of Wedding Crashers, it's definitely going to appeal to teens. Originally rated R (it got its PG-13 on appeal), it has a lot of sexual references -- mostly through double entendres and sight gags (a wife is caught in bed with another man, a girl gymnast makes several lesbian jokes, etc.) -- though no actual nudity. There's also drinking and drug use, particularly on the part of the crazy coach who wants his players to learn how to party. Some language ("s--t") and cartoonish, slapstick-type violence.

  • Families can talk about the differences between a parody and its source material. Is it easy to identify which movies are being spoofed here? Which gags work, and which aren't funny? Do you think anyone will find any of it funny decades from now, when half of the references will have been forgotten? Do you think the filmmakers care about that? Why or why not? Also, the coach demands that his players start failing class and party more; is that believable? Are sports movies as predictable as this comedy suggests? If so, is that necessarily a bad thing?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: The players are encouraged to fail their classes in order to devote all their energy to playing college football.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: A gun is shot in a cartoonish manner during a coaching drill. A player has an over-the-top injury during a football game. Lots of physical, slapstick-type gags.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Lots and lots of sexual jokes and double meanings. A teenage girl kisses two different guys and shows off her bra in two scenes. A married woman is caught wearing lingerie in bed with a shirtless man. The coach strips down to his underwear (briefs) during a party. An aroused player is able to hang his helmet on his erection. A female gymnast makes several jokes alluding to her sexual orientation.

  • language false3

    Language: Language includes "s--t," "bulls--t," and sometimes-crude sexual jokes. A mentally impaired fan is called a "retard," "spaz," "moronic," etc.

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Brief Usual Suspects parody shows off the following brands: Champs, Scope, Aim, Pledge, Joy, Cheer, Shout, Depends, and Preparation-H. My Little Pony, X-Box, and Fox Sports are also featured.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Several characters drink 80-oz. bottles of beer; the coach takes pills and a bong hit and drinks too much at a party.