It’s no secret that we’re big fans of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. We’ve pontificated about how he should play Doc Savage on the big screen and has all the makings of Hollywood’s next action star. But does all that mean I’ll watch a Disney kids flick just because The Rock is in it? Yes, yes it does.
The premise of the The Game Plan is pretty simple and trite. The Rock is a self absorbed football superstar living a bachelor life to beat all bachelor lives. Out of the blue, his daughter from a one night stand several years ago shows up and the cuteness and hilarity ensure.
With the predictable plot, the film lives and dies with the performances. The Rock’s portrayal of Joe Kingman is absolutely the best thing about the movie. The writers threw in several scenes that allow him to channel some of his old wrestling character with great results. The supporting cast playing Kingman’s football teammates delivers laughs as well. Unfortunately Madison Pettis is merely average as the daughter. I may have had unreasonable expectations after seeing some Dakota Fanning and Abigail Breslin movies recently.
As kids movies go, you could do worse and you could do better. If you enjoy The Rock, the two hours will be worth it. If you enjoy The Rock (and Elvis) as much as I do, then it’s worth another two hours just for a few scenes.