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The Comebacks

MPAA Rating: PG-13-Rating (MPAA) for crude and sexual content throughout and some drug material
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Primary Audience:
Teens, Adults
Sports, Comedy
Year of Release:
USA Release:
October 19, 2007 (wide—2,800 theaters)
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Featuring: David Koechner
(“Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy,” “Waiting…,” “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby”)
Carl Weathers, Matt Lawrence, Brooke Nevin, George Back
Director: Tom Brady
(“The Animal,” “The Hot Chick,” “Home Improvement”)
Producer: Adam F. Goldberg, Peter Abrams, Robert L. Levy
Distributor: Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation

“The producers of “Wedding Crashers” spoof the greatest sports movies”

Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “Coach Fields (David Koechner) is pathetic. He has the distinction of being the worst coach in the history of sports anyone can recall. A loser of enormous proportions, the incompetent and seemingly hopeless coach is convinced by fellow coach Freddie Wiseman (Carl Weathers) to return to the field for one last shot. Assuring his long suffering wife (Melora Hardin) that he will not ignore his family, Coach moves them to Plainfolk, Texas where he hopes to redeem himself and his reputation. Here he begins yet another attempt to improve his abysmal record—this time as the coach of the football team at Heartland State University. But he is saddled with a team of misfits—most of whom don’t know the difference between a line of scrimmage and a line at the cafeteria. Coach is in serious need of some real talent to beef up his line-up and finds his number one recruit on the university’s baseball diamond. The ever-so-handsome Lance Truman (Matthew Lawrence) brings with him a distinguished award winning career—albeit for the most dropped balls—as well as determination.

Coach convinces Truman to join the team as quarterback, and the young athlete comes on board despite the objection of his father (Nick Searcy). Wearing jersey #1 is Trotter (Jackie Long), the bling-wearing, girl magnet wide receiver who can actually catch and run with the ball, as long as his oversized ego does not get in the way. The biggest bruiser of the team is Buddy Boy (George Back), but he turns out to be more warm and cuddly than the mean sonofabitch that Coach longs for. The rest of the team includes the upbeat and handsome, Aseel Tare (Robert Ri’chard), who is always ready for action despite an uncanny tendency for injury; tattooed and angry Jorge Juanson (Jesse Garcia) who has a chip on his shoulder, and the delusion of being from the barrio; Jizminder (Noureen DeWulf), a beautiful, British-Indian soccer player, who takes on the role of kicker and is the only female player on the otherwise all male squad; and lastly, is the runt of the group, Randy (Martin Spanjers), who is always begging for a chance to play despite his miniscule stature, and lack of any discernable football skills… unless you count moxie.

Serving as Coach’s right hand man is IPod (Jermaine Williams), although he is often misunderstood, the good-hearted, music listening IPod keeps the team smiling. Although the team and townsfolk are leery of the newcomer’s approach, the Coach uses his unorthodox methods to whip this group of rag-tags into shape—both on and off the field. While the audience follows their winding road to the playoffs, the film pokes fun at the clichés and conventions of other sports flicks. And the team does make progress, so much so that they actually make it to the South-Southwest Conference Championship at the 2nd Annual Toilet Bowl. Facing their fiercest opponents yet and yearning to win the big game, ‘The Comebacks’ face off with the Lone Star State Unbeatables. And as every great sports team has always done, ‘The Comebacks’ use ingenuity and unorthodox measures in the final showdown where the best team wins.”

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Negative—This movie was the most offensive for sexually crude humor that I have ever seen. I do not know how it received a PG-13 rating. It has blatantly open and also hidden innuendos throughout the movie. It has references to homosexuality, bestiality, incest, adultery, and masturbation throughout the movie. It is the most totally mixed up movie about gender that I have ever even heard of. This portrayed confusion over what is “male” and what is “female” touches basically all of the main characters, except, possibly, the Mother/wife. There are many visuals included, so it is not a movie that you could assume much of it would go over a young persons attention. A horribly, offensive movie. My 15 year old son commented how “nasty” is was and how “dirty” it made him feel. There are several uses of taking the Lord’s Name in vain. Please don’t waste your time or money with this morally corrupt movie.
My Ratings: Extremely Offensive / 3
Renee' Tibbs, age 45
Negative—I would not recommend this movie to anyone! It was extremely offensive. There was constant sexual humor, cursing, and the use of God’s name in vain several times. I do not understand the PG-13 rating. I truly believe it should have been an R-rating.
My Ratings: Extremely Offensive / 3
A. Thompson, age 41
Positive—My husband won tickets to see the movie the day it came out… I was like hey their free. I was excited to see it cause I haven’t gone to the theaters in a long time. So my opinion of the movie is honestly… HILARIOUS! The movie wasn’t that bad. It was more crude than sexual. There was no language (example: no s-bombs or f-bombs etc.). Some mild language like a** about 3 times. I thought this movie was gonna have nudity cause every Hollywood films always puts that in their movies which makes me mad… no nudes AT ALL! This movie was funny, it has the comic violence where they have violence that is funny. As a christian I am glad I saw this movie cause it has no nude, language, or gore. If I was Ebert or Ropert I would give this movie 'two thumbs up.'
My Ratings: Good / 4
Sarah, age 37
Positive—This movie was a great laugh. Although packed with crude/sexual humor and references to thing regarded as highly immoral by the christian community. all said and done it was a funny movie that made me laugh through and through. The movie was made to be offensive crude and borderline on ratings. If your looking for a good wholesome family film this is not for you. If your looking to hang out with the guys and get a good laugh then I would definatly suggest it.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Very Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 3½
Kevin, age 17
Movie Critics
…Sports spoof fumbles, fouls, strikes out and deserves a penalty… It’s just embarrassing that this made it into theaters. …
Geoff Berkshire, Chicago Tribune
…has a way with clichés… As dumb spoofs go, ‘The Comebacks’ isn’t bad. …
Wesley Morris, Boston Globe