The Rock is the only one who scores in this Disney retread. Swaggering star quarterback Joe Kingman (Johnson) suddenly finds his bachelor lifestyle cramped by the sudden arrival of Peyton (Pettis), the eight-year-old daughter he never knew he had. In a premise that only Disney could serve up, Peyton is from a previous marriage, although the idea that somehow Joe had no idea that his ex-wife had a child is not the most ridiculous aspect of the movie. This sets up an endless series of gags based on Joe not knowing how to interact with a little girl or, really, anyone outside of his agent (Sedgwick). Johnson's charm is undeniable, and Pettis is button-cute, but the rest is lukewarm family fare.
I liked this movie slightly more than I like football, and by football I mean the literal act of taking a foot in the balls. This painful family movie was so grossly over the top sweet I found myself hoping for a different ending. One in which The Rock, in an ironic twist gets his bell rung so bad on the football field that he is reduced to having to be spoon fed like an infant by his daughter as she has to take on a full time job to pay for his medical bills (and acting lessons)..
Depends on who you ask... Malecken at 2008-03-10 11:01:59
If you are between the ages of 6 & 9, this movie rocks! If you have to watch it with a 6 & 9 yr. old...not totally painful, but...
Pettis & Sanchez are really endearing but The Rock could use some acting lessons.