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The Comebacks
U.S.A. 2007

Opening 5 Jun 2008

Directed by: Tom Brady
Writing credits: Ed Yeager, Joey Gutierrez, John Aboud, Michael Colton, Adam Jay Epstein
Principal actors: David Koechner, Carl Weathers, Melora Hardin, Matthew Lawrence, Brooke Nevin

The plot of this spoof on competitive sports is simple: Coach Lance Truman (Matthew Lawrence) comes back from a lifetime of failures to Plainfolk, Texas, to put together a winning football team at Heartland State University. He organizes a motley crew by the names of Jasminder Featherfoot, Lance Truman, Trotter, Buddy Boy, Jorge Johnson, I-Pod, etc. They go up against the Lone Star State Unbeatables at the Super Toilet Bowl 2 and win, of course. Along the way director Tom Brady takes a poke at interracial dating, unfaithful wives, drag queens, scholastic excellence, fair play, female soccer players from India, My Little Pony, prison ball teams, black daddies loaded with jewelry, the handicapped, losers, Mexican immigrants, Evan Almighty and God, fraternity house parties, cheerleaders, patriotism, locker room inspirational speeches, incompetent umpires, and all other films about sports. This is only Brady’s second film as director; otherwise he has made a name as actor, writer, and producer. In the U.S. critics were not invited to a pre-showing. I wonder why not. The one star is for the enjoyable musical interlude: a dig at Bollywood extravaganzas. (Becky Tan)

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