My Dad Is a Soccer Mom

Movie review by
Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media
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Predictable family comedy explores gender stereotypes.
  • NR
  • 2015
  • 86 minutes

Parents say

age 4+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Educational Value

Meant to entertain and provide insight, not educate.

Positive Messages

Stresses that a strong male parental figure helps build confidence, strength, and a solid sense of self in girls. Values full family participation in raising kids, working through time and career commitments to everyone's advantage. Illustrates positive effects of balance when making lifestyle choices. Advocates that parents listen and respond positively to needs and goals of kids.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Attempts to shatter stereotype of macho, aggressive male being unsuited to nurturing. Self-centered, arrogant father learns about the joys of being an active, committed, and loving parent. Mother learns to accept shared parenthood with her husband. Despite that, film resorts to some caricatures (loudmouth, aggressive sports hero; soccer moms, with slams at baking cookies and interests in ballet and theater). In one sequence, Dad encourages daughter to keep the whole truth from her mom.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

Husband and wife kiss and hug. Football star Terrell Owen plays role of a womanizer who tries to seduce a married mom.

Language
Consumerism

Little Caesars Pizza.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that My Dad Is a Soccer Mom is a family movie originally made for television (UPtv). In this African-American take on the "Mr. Mom" genre, a loudmouth professional football player loses his job and finds himself in unfamiliar "soccer mom" territory. It's a comedy from top to bottom, loaded with earnest observations about father-daughter relationships, the importance of committing to parenting, and the consequences of arrogance. The thin plot serves as a platform for the messages and the over-the-top, farcical performance of its star, Lester Speight. Although the story tries to explode gender stereotyping, it occasionally falls back on some standard jokes and references to traditional male and female roles. Football star Terrell Owen plays the role of a womanizer who tries to seduce a married mom.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byJessicaE 3 April 9, 2016

Good Family Movie

I thought this was a good family movie. My husband, daughter, and myself just finished watching it. My husband really enjoyed it and my daughter sat through i... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written bydullstaples February 2, 2018

Eh

It's ok if you have young children from ages 5-11 I'd say. Not the best movie though. Plenty of jokes that kids will laugh at but for the older audien... Continue reading

What's the story?

Professional footballer Marion "Mad Dog" Casey (Lester Speight) is astonished when his contract is not renewed by the Atlanta Shocks in MY DAD IS A SOCCER MOM. A classic grandstanding, arrogant hothead, Mad Dog is further stunned when no other team wants him. Wife Holly (Wendy Raquel Robinson) tries to see the bright side: Maybe it's a good time for him to take a break and spend some quality time with their shy, socially awkward daughter Lacy (Skai Jackson). Lacy desperately needs Marion's attention and his time. Not only that, Holly wants to reestablish her long-ignored interior design business, so this break will give her a chance to try. At first Marion is reluctant, then annoyed, then inept, but as he comes to know his daughter better and find out who she truly is, the soft, loving side of Marion emerges. With soccer as the primary source of bonding, Dad, daughter, and Mom find new joy in family and love.

Is it any good?

Though not memorable overall, the movie has some strong performances. Skai Jackson, a bright, natural actress and comic, and Wendy Raquel Robinson save this otherwise predictable and unprofessional effortAlso Lester Speight good-naturedly hams it up with a likable, cartoonish performance. The messages are earnest but familiar: Dads matter; moms can find a balance between work and family; kids are resilient and instinctively joyful. It's a shame that in boosting soccer as the means of connection, the filmmakers chose to knock the arts, specifically dance and theater, rather than simply identifying Lacy's previously unacknowledged enthusiasm for sports. The writing and direction are weak throughout, and the movie's abrupt ending, leading to an off-story comic press conference, is sketchy and confusing. Still, the simplicity of the plot, the strength of the two lead actresses, and some outlandish comedy may appeal to kids.    

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about stereotypical male and female roles. Why do you think the filmmakers chose traditional occupations for their characters? 

  • Look up the term "fish-out-of-water comedy." Why is this movie genre so much fun to watch? Can you imagine yourself trying to live in a world totally unfamiliar to you? Create (write or draw) a place in which you would be a "fish out of water," and show what it might feel like.

  • Talk about this movie's definition of a "pot of gold" at the end of a rainbow. What is your pot of gold? How can you work toward finding it?

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