The Longshots
The Longshots (2008)

Former Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst directs Ice Cube and Keke Palmer in this battle-of-the-sexes sports comedy about a former high-school football star who coaches his niece to become the first-ever girl quarterback in the history of Pop… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: August 22, 2008
DVD Release Date: December 2, 2008
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Critic Score: 41% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Longshots means well, but it's a largely formulaic affair, rarely deviating from the inspirational sports movie playbook.

Harper Barnes
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

It is unabashedly sentimental and, at times sincerely touching, mainly when Ice Cube and Palmer are alone together on the screen.

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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

The Longshots is a likable enough Cinderella story, one whose heart is clearly in the right place, even if it winds up on its sleeve once too often.

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Neil Pond
American Profile

Despite its roots in real life, much of The Longshots feels like Hollywood stirring the pot.

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Gregory Kirschling
Entertainment Weekly

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 Fred Durst -- and he doesn't do half bad.

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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

This genuinely affecting movie, based on a true story, has a heart as big as a football field even when its plot points are telegraphed.

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Mark Bazer
Boston Phoenix

The script may have taken an hour to write, and I hope they got a bulk rate on generic inspirational music, but Cube and his young co-star, Keke Palmer, are plenty charismatic, and Durst doesn't knock over the camera.

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Adam Graham
Detroit News

A cliché-riddled, warm and fuzzy, small-town sports drama.

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Kyle Smith
New York Post

The Longshots (awful title, guys) plays every instrument in the cliché orchestra, but it at least plays them well, and its characters are likable enough to settle in with for a pleasant hour and a half.

Chris Bumbray
JoBlo's Movie Network

It has a nice message, and despite the fact that I feel he's been totally emasculated over the years, Cube remains a solid actor.

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Flixster Audience Score: 60% Flixster User Reviews
<I><b>The Longshots</I></b> is a predictable but enjoyable film about a young girl who just wants to blend in. She's a bit awkward… More
Fascade Fiveoneeight
You should really see this...for the " come back kid " story in all of us. See is packed with loads of fun...especially if you are a… More
Red Lats
This story behind this movie was OK. I didn't think Keke Palmer played the role tough enough to play an 11 year old Pop Warner football player. Even for… More
Joseph Eastmond
I felt rather pleased with this film, only to the extent that it was both funny and sweet.
Dean McKenna
Another remarkable true story on American football, but this film is a heart-warming and touching family-friendly, and similarly funny like… More
William Goss
Not a single new play here.

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