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The Game Plan

The Game Plan
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Madison Pettis and Kyra Sedgwick

Rated: PG for some mild thematic elements
Reviewed by: Chris  
Release date: September 28, 2007 Released by: Walt Disney Pictures

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson plays Joe Kingman, a star quarterback for a Boston team in this cute Disney tale.

He's the epitome of a swinging single with a hi-tech shiny bachelor apartment and women falling all over him. The last thing he's looking for is a child to take care of. So when Peyton (Madison Pettis), a cute eight year-old girl claiming to be his child from a brief marriage years before, appears he has to repair things quickly.

Joe does what every other pro-athlete would do, he calls his agent fast! Kyra Sedgwick is the calculating super agent, who gets a number of nannies for the girl and enlists her help in completing a big hamburger endorsement deal for her client.

But, little Peyton is pretty self reliant and smart, and trades ballet lessons for pictures that portray Joe as a loving, caring family man to the media. Of course, as the story progresses, Joe turns out to be that loving, caring, protective father that we all knew he was hiding down deep inside of his football padding.

The Rock is a very likeable character. Once you get past his faces and eye rolling, he's a very capable comic actor. The scenes between him and adorable Madison are cute and everyone in the family can enjoy the film as, believe it or not, there aren't any bathroom or sex jokes.

The kids in the audience laughed at The Rock dancing in a ballet and when the little girl wrecks havoc in his apartment and the adults enjoyed the sweet relationship between a child a big, hulking man.

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