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The Game Plan
Category Comedy , Sport , Family
Year: 2007
Time: 110 minutes
Production: Walt Disney Pictures
Director: Andy Fickman
Cast:
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, Madison Pettis, Roselyn Sanchez, Morris Chestnut
MPAA PG / UK-U
Our Rating 7/10 - I defy any guy not to get a tear in his eye by the end!!
Watchability 7/10 - bad start but gets a lot better
Contributed by Jordan Taylor
Tag-line Half his size, twice the trouble ... and she's moving in!
 
Plot:

Joe 'The King' Kingman (The Rock) is the star quarterback for NFL team the Boston Rebels. He is at the top of his game and has everything money can buy - fast cars, luxury pad, string of relationships, endorsements -- but not a coveted Championship ring ... or the love of a family. This is the year that The Rebels can take the Championship - but someone shows up at the door to his luxury apartment to completely turn his life upside down.

 
So, how does it end?

Stick with this one. The Rock badly overacts and 'hams' it up for the first few scenes and you'll want to switch off, but as soon as Peyton walks in the door the movie improves drastically.

Ok, so Joe slowly gets used to having Peyton around and despite a few battles he couldn't imagine life without her. She is a permanent fixture in the locker room, and Joe has developed a crush on her gymnastics teacher Monique.

As part of the deal that Peyton joins Monique's dance class, Joe is forced to help with the big performance and has quite a major part. His team show up to laugh at him jumping around in green tights - but they are moved by the show and all the dancers receive a standing ovation at the end.

The Rebels make it to the final - but Joe is still a selfish player and doesn't trust his wide receivers, preferring to take a bigger risk and run the ball himself to get the glory.

While on a meal with Peyton and Monique, who is warming to Joe now as well, they have another small argument and Peyton eats peanuts accidentally, causing her to lose consciousness as she has a major allergic reaction. Joe is frantic - he picks her up and, not trusting the traffic, runs with her straight to the hospital.

She makes a full recovery. The team stop round with toys and balloons to show their support. But also in steps Joe's ex-wife's sister Karen, who Peyton said had died. She tells him that Peyton's mum died in a accident earlier that year, and Peyton comes clean that she lied to her Aunt saying she was off to a ballet camp.
  The Aunt then yells at Joe for what happened with the peanuts and tells him that she is taking Peyton home with her. While fighting in the corridor, Peyton overhears Joe's agent say that the whole situation is going to reflect badly on Joe, and will ruin his career, so she tells Joe that she wants to leave thinking it's for the best.

Joe is a mess. He is sat in his empty apartment watching highlights of games to prepare for the final, and sees how selfish he was and wonders how his friends have put up with him for so long.

It's soon the big game, but the opposition are hitting Joe hard. On one exchange he is tackled badly and may have a dislocated shoulder. The coach asks him what he wants to do - and Joe says it's best for the team if the stand-in quarterback takes his place.

Joe lies on a recovery bench with a towel over his head while his team are out on the pitch for the second half. Suddenly Peyton walks into the locker-room and shouts at her father for giving up. Joe says that he wants to be her father and would love it if she would move back in, the Aunt gives in as she knows Peyton needs her father, and Peyton is overjoyed.

Joe gets back outside and on the pitch. They don't have much time. With the final seconds ticking down he opens up some space and throws the ball, finally, to the wide receiver to score the winning touchdown.  The crowd go wild. Monique and her class also celebrate, watching the game live from the dance studio.

The sports presenters rush to Joe for his thoughts -- and where if he says he is going to buy a burger at the unhealthy burger joint he'll get $25million as the agent and sponsors hope - but he chooses Peyton over the endorsement and walks away.

As it ends the cast and crew happily sing and dance along to Elvis's "Burning Love".

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