Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Whatever marquee allure Ice Cube established in the family-entertainment market with Are We There Yet? and Are We Done Yet? will be sorely tested by The Longshots, an inspirational sports drama that, although "inspired by a true story," unwinds like the most formulaic of fiction. A surprisingly tepid directorial effort by Limp Bizkit nu-metal rocker Fred Durst, the movie seldom deviates from the genre-cliche playbook while recounting the plucky efforts of a small-town 11-year-old (Keke Palmer of Aleekah and the Bee) who's coached by her uncle (Cube) to become the first girl to compete in the Pop Warner national football championship. You can read my Variety review here.