• Review Date: December 19, 2005
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2005
  • Running Time: 111 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Tired comedy about middle school basketball.
  • Review Date: December 19, 2005
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2005
  • Running Time: 111 minutes





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Coach is selfish and learns to be a nicer person.


Basketball game-related aggression

Not applicable

Very mild (for instance, "hell").


Cars, magazines, Gatorade, Papa John's Pizza and Cinnabon, one background shot of a beer label.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the film includes some mild language and the sort of physical comedy that shows up in kids' sports movies, such as head-whomps with the ball, punches and falls, and near-the-crotch hits. Coach provides a terrible role model for most of the film, concerned as he is with money and stardom; he soon catches on that the game and teamwork are most important. The film also includes brief shots of a smashed-dead eagle (obviously fake, but yucky), beer labels on TV, a child throwing up, coach's bloody nose, and a ridiculous bit where a preacher prays for the team's success.

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What's the story?

After he loses his college coaching job, Roy (Martin Lawrence), is a laughing stock the "loser of the week" named by John Salley and Tom Arnold, on Fox's The Best Damn Sports Show Period. He lands a new gig at his former middle school. His team is comprised of predictable misfits, each cute and also troubled in his own way: talented Keith (Oren Williams) hogs the ball, little Ralph (Steven Anthony Lawrence) throws up when he's nervous, Goggles (Gus Hoffman) is fond of snack foods, One Love (Eddy Martin) needs to play defense, and Fuzzy (Logan McElroy) can't make a free throw. Coach adds a couple of more irregulars, tough girl Big Mac (Tara Correa) and six-foot, very sweet geek boy Wes (Steven C. Parker), in order to complete a team who will learn to rely on one another and do all Coach's drills without complaint.

Is it any good?


Tired before it begins, REBOUND never figures out how to handle Martin Lawrence's vibrant spacticity. As arrogant, bling-obsessive college basketball coach Roy McCormick, Lawrence is contained by clichés. The movie is most bearable if you consider the adults subsidiary and focus on the kids, in particular Big Mac and Wes, who develop something of a romance once he tutors her in math and she starts punching out kids who tease them.

The plot, such as it is, is rendered mostly by montages of familiar pop music -- practices, pep talks, games, rides on the herky-jerky school bus that Roy and Newirth take turns driving, and headlines announcing the team's miraculous winning streak. By the time you're hearing House of Pain's "Jump Around" on the soundtrack, you know the formula has run its course, that Roy will make the right choice, and the championship game will end unsurprisingly.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the lesson that the coach learns: how is it good to be a team member instead of a selfish showboat? How are friendship and honesty more rewarding than making lots of money and being on TV? More interesting, how does the movie challenge gender roles, by making Big Mac the strongest team member and the home ec teacher a man? How might you make a mistake if you judge someone on first appearance, as Keith's mother judges Roy?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:July 1, 2005
DVD release date:December 20, 2005
Cast:Breckin Meyer, Martin Lawrence, Megan Mullally
Director:Steve Carr
Studio:Twentieth Century Fox
Topics:Sports and martial arts, Misfits and underdogs
Run time:111 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:mild language and thematic elements

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Kid, 9 years old August 20, 2011


So boring I have no interest in it what so ever! It wasn't even funny
Teen, 17 years old Written byCSM Screen Name... April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age


Depressing, dumb, and NOT funny is the name of the game for this comedy. Go see War of the Worlds. (read my review)
Adult Written byjonib April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age

Martin Lawrence is a hoot!

This was a wonderfully made movie suitable for all ages! There was no bad language, sexual situations, or violence at all. The "coach" did an excellent job showing kids today that money isn't everything. He took a team of "have nots" and made champions of them! Don't miss this one!


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