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The Comebacks

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Crude sports spoof too dumbed-down to be funny.

Movie PG-13 2007 84 minutes
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Despite spoofing elements of every sports movie from Rudy to Radio to the TV version of Friday Night Lights, the jokes often fall flat. Anyone over the age of 8 could explain why a "wiener joke" is infantile, and showing a close-up of gymnasts spreading their legs open is just plain gross. Apparently the screenwriters weren't aiming high, because The Comebacks's obvious humor makes the Scary Movie series look like Shakespearean comedy.

The film's only highlights are the various cameos from Koechner's comedic pals. Will Arnett (The Brothers Solomon), Kerri Kenney-Silver (Reno 911!), Dax Shepard (Let's Go to Prison), and Finesse Mitchell (Saturday Night Live) are just some of the comic actors who pop up. But they can't save this mess from being a major fumble.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: October 19, 2007
  • On DVD or streaming: January 29, 2008
  • Cast: Carl Weathers, David Koechner, Melora Hardin
  • Director: Tom Brady
  • Inclusion Information: Black actors
  • Studio: Fox Atomic
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 84 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: crude and sexual content throughout and some drug material (re-rated on appeal).
  • Last updated: May 16, 2023

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