1 hour, 50 minutes
PG Parental Guidance Suggested.
for some mild thematic elements
Bloopers with Marv Albert; Deleted scenes; ESPN's SportsCenter DVD/Blu-ray exclusive: The King in Search of a Ring - Stuart Scott of ESPN hosts a look at Joe Kingman's ficticious biography; ESPN's SportsCenter: The Rock Learns to Play QB - ESPN's Sean Salisbury interviews The Rock on how he learned to play quarterback for the movie; Drafting The Game Plan behind-the-scenes featurettes; The Universal "Mood" Remote Control Menus - Control the mood lighting in Joe Kingman's apartment; Peyton's Makeover Madness Set-Top Activity.
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson ... Joe Kingman
Madison Pettis ... Peyton Kelly
Kyra Sedgwick ... Stella Peck
Roselyn Sanchez ... Monique Vasquez
Morris Chestnut ... Travis Sanders
Hayes MacArthur ... Kyle Cooper
Brian J. White ... Jamal Webber
Joe 'The King' Kingman (Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson "The Scorpion King") is a superstar quarterback for the Boston Rebels. He's also an avid Elvis Presley fan with a lavish bachelor pad filled with posters and music of the "king." He's even become known as Kingman and he earns the title each Sunday with fabulous gridiron performances. Fans love him, women want him, teammates appreciate him and endorsement contracts enrich him. Everything about this sure-shot quarterback's life is good; that is until it suddenly isn't.
One day, an eight-year-old girl named Peyton Kelly (Madison Pettis - TV's "Cory in the House") shows up at his front door and introduces herself as the daughter he never knew he had. It seems that she was conceived right before he and his ex-wife got a divorce. She also has papers to prove her identity and she has just one demand, that Joe takes care of her for a month while her mother is away doing philanthropic work in Africa. Although Joe doesn't believe he has any room in his life for a kid, he has no choice.
The press has a field day with the controversial, newly-uncovered story and Joe's hard-nosed agent Stella Peck (Krya Sedgwick (TV's "The Closer"} attempts to work damage control. Meanwhile, Peyton helps Joe become a better person whose priorities are drastically altered as he falls in love with being a dad, despite the fact that his well-appointed kitchen gets splattered with goop thrown by an uncovered blender, a bubble bath goes disturbingly awry, Joe's beloved pet bulldog is decked out in a tutu and he's forced to appear in the middle of a ballet school production of "Swan Lake."
All of this live action Disney fun has been perpetrated by director Andy Fickman and scripters Nichole Millard and Kathryn Price, but Johnson remains a good sport and a first-rate farceur through it all as he evolves from cocksure sports star to tender loving dad. Supporting roles range from competent to cartoonish, with Morris Chestnut ("Ladder 49") coming down on the side of recognizable human behavior as Kingman's wide receiver, and Kyra Sedgwick wildly overplaying her role. Hayes Macarthur ("Are We Done Yet?") is almost too convincing as a dimwitted player. As Kingman's coach, Gordon Clapp (TV's "NYPD Blue") fleetingly registers authority in a role that apparently was drastically decimated in the editing room.
Although "The Game Plan" is overly familiar, it's both well-intentioned and entertaining.