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The Game Plan - Blu-ray DVD / comedy DVD review
THE GAME PLAN Rated PG by the Motion Picture Association of America curledupdvd.com rating: 4 stars
Featuring: Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Madison Pettis, Kyra Sedgwick, Roselyn Sanchez
Director: Andy Fickman   Studio: Walt Disney
DVD release: 22 January 2008   Runtime: 110 minutes (1 disc)
Format: Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, Blu-ray
DVD features:Audio tracks (PCM 5.1 Surround - English; Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround - English, French), Subtitles (English, Spanish, French), 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 (480p/i/MPEG-2 - supplements only), Chalk Talk, Bloopers with Marv Albert, Deleted Scenes, ESPN's Sports Center, Drafting the Game Plan

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson epitomizes the self-centered, shallow ball player in The Game Plan. All it takes is a little girl with big brown eyes to show him the world in a different light. Directed by Andy Flickman, the Disney film is the quintessential family movie. Adults can easily sit through it, and kids will giggle and giggle.

The Rock's quarterback, Joe, leads a stereotypical life full of games, parties, women, and lots and lots of money - until, that is, an "exceedingly cute" gal shows up on his doorstep. Smart little Peyton arrives with birth certificate in hand as proof of paternity. Her mother had divorced the selfish football player and then found out she was expecting. Along came Peyton, unbeknownst to her father. At all of eight, "P" knows more about life than her father knows in his 30s - and she is definitely going to get him straightened out! His team gets a bit of a wake-up call as well. "Stupid is a mean word!" is just one of the things that Peyton teaches the big, tough football team.

Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer, Heart and Souls) is Joe's tough, mean agent, and she is fabulously rotten in this roll. Roselyn Sanchez (most recently of Without a Trace) is the beautiful and demanding ballet teacher who turns the "freakishly large" Joe into a graceful tree for the recital with all the little girls in tutus. One of those little girls is his daughter, played by Madison Pettis, who definitely steals the show from the more mature and experienced actors.

Everyone enjoys the bloopers and flubs, and the alternate scenes are typically enjoyable. The same is true for this one, but of all the extras, "Drafting The Game Plan" is the best. It delves into the heart of the movie, from conception to filming. Seeing the motivations and passion for the movie created and collaborated on by all involved tops off the DVD like a cherry on a sundae.

The Game Plan is just the newest of the Disney feel-good films. For the most part, it is a predictable storyline: shallow, selfish guy; sweet little girl; melting hearts. It makes for great family movie that helps illustrate the importance of love, respect and the things that really matter in life. Watching it as a family in this household, it made the gals giggle and toss knowing glances at the guys, while the guys sheepishly admitted to enjoying it while trying to stifle guffaws.
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reviewed by Carolynn Evans
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