Dwayne Johnson changes the plan in The Game Plan (2007)
Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock, being a freakishly large man is probably why this 2007 family comedy, The Game Plan, works.
Johnson stars as Joe Kingman, star quarterback of the Boston Rebels and Most Valuable Player (MVP) in this Disney flick directed by Andy Fickman and written by Nichole Millard, Kathryn Price and Audrey Wells.
It also co-stars Breakin’ All the Rules’ Morris Chestnut, Kyra Sedgwick, Madison Pettis who plays Sophie Martinez in Cory in the House and Roselyn Sanchez.
Being a superstar athlete, Kingman (Johnson) is self centered and does not seem to care for anything or anyone.
This is shown several times in the film when he ignores his receiver, Travis Sanders (Chestnut) and the way he talks in and off the field. However, when his unknown 8 year old daughter Peyton (Pettis) shows up at his door, he is forced to reevaluate himself, his lifestyle and most importantly the best thing that has ever happened to him.
Along the way, he receives help from Peyton’s ballet teacher, Ms. Monique Vasquez (Sanchez) who teaches him about the power of the father and some ballet, and from Sanders who is a father himself.
The all female script team put out a great story. The feminine touches are present in almost every scene and there are a few moments where the male audience will blush, like seeing Johnson in ballet thighs or when he has his finger nails polished in powder-puff pink by Peyton.
There was a sense of déjà vu as I witness the rivalry between Peyton and Joe’s girlfriend Tatyana which was probably brought about because I watched The Parent Trap last week. Fortunately, Peyton’s attack methods are more realistic.
At the end of the movie we get an extra treat as the cast and crew perform Elvis Presley’s Burning Love as the credits roll up.
This film is a great comedy for the whole family and stars someone who got her name from another film character, Madison, Daryl Hannah’s mermaid persona in 1984’ Splash which ironically was released by Touchstone Pictures, a Walt Disney label…but that will be for another post.