The most surprising thing about the inspirational sports movie The Longshots is not that there isn’t already an inspirational sports movie with that exact name. The big shock is that the director is Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst — and he doesn’t do half bad. Yes, the (true) story he’s working with — an unpopular girl (Keke Palmer), coached by her reformed ne’er-do-well uncle (Ice Cube), becomes a star middle-school quarterback — is hopelessly clichéd. And there’s no forgiving Durst for the touchdown dance set to ”Whoomp! (There It Is).” But he conveys a real feel for the depressed factory-town setting and elicits better-than-usual work out of Cube. B-
Genre: Sports, Drama; Starring: Ice Cube, Keke Palmer, Tasha Smith; Director: Fred Durst; Author: Doug Atchison, Nick Santora; Release Date Wide: 08/22/2008; Runtime (in minutes): 94; MPAA Rating: PG; Distributor: MGM
Posted August 29 2008 — 12:00 AM EDT
- 'Ghostbusters' new car: Paul Feig reveals #whattheygonnadrive
- Gay marriage ruling movie in the works at Fox
- Casting Net: Ellen Page signs on for Iraq War drama Lioness
- Hillary Clinton talks 'SNL' impressions
- Miss USA pageant names new hosts
- Rosie Perez leaving 'The View'
- Jeff Goldblum and wife welcome first son on the only possible day
- 'American Idol Live!' tour photos: Let's go backstage!
- They look like THAT now? See some of the latest child stars all grown up
- Channing Tatum in 'Magic Mike XXL' leads our quip picks
- Reel-to-real couples: 12 relationships on-screen and off
- 'Back to the Future' turns 30: See the cast, then and now
- Khloé Kardashian, Paul Rudd, Taylor Swift & More!