A fundamentally unappealing jerk whose redemption comeswith an even shorter and less convincing story arc, coach Roy McCormickignores the kids one day -- pouting about his downfall on the sidelinesas they lose a game 84-0 -- then the next he's become a life-affirmingaltruist full of feel-good advice and game-winning strategy, just becausethe script says so.
Even more problematic is that while "Rebound"is aimed at children, the one-trait tweenagers he's teaching to play thegame are barely characters at all, save Tara Correa ("Judging Amy")as a stout, scowling girl bully McCormick recruits to intimidate otherteams. "You got five fouls," he advises her with a wiseacre wink."Don't be afraid to use 'em."
Somehow this sloppy, mechanical movie (even the minimalgame scenes lack vibrancy) manages to dig up some energy and spirit inthe last act, which keeps it from collapsing under the weight of its ownineptitude. Kids may like it, not knowing enough to recognize its failureto relate to them, and accompanying parents won't want to claw their eyesout.
But it's clear that while Carr ("DaddyDay Care") seems comfortable with Lawrence'sutter insincerity as an actor, when he has real talent right in front ofhim, he doesn't know what to do with it. "Rebound" co-stars MeganMullally ("Will and Grace") and Patrick Warburton (best knownas Puddy from "Seinfeld"), but they're completely wasted in rolesas a near-humorless school principal and a blandly bellicose rival coach.
Run time: 103 mins
In Theaters: Friday 1st July 2005
Box Office USA: $16.7M
Box Office Worldwide: $16.8M
Distributed by: 20th Century Fox
Production compaines: Twentieth Century Fox
Contactmusic.com: 2 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes: 13%
Fresh: 12 Rotten: 78
IMDB: 5.1 / 10
Director: Steve Carr
Starring: Martin Lawrence as Roy McCormick, Wendy Raquel Robinson as Jeanie Ellis, Breckin Meyer as Tim Fink, Horatio Sanz as Mr. Newirth, Patrick Warburton as Larry Burgess Sr., Oren Williams as Keith Ellis, Megan Mullally as Principal Walsh, Eddy Martin as One-Love, Steven Christopher Parker as Wes, Steven Anthony Lawrence as Ralph, Logan McElroy as Fuzzy, Gus Hoffman as Goggles, Cody Linley as Larry Burgess Jr., Alex Vojdani as Guitar Student, Cole Evan Weiss as Opposing Player #2, Alia Shawkat as Amy, Hailey Noelle Johnson as Little Girl
Also starring: Amy Bruckner
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