Just got back from a sneak preview of "Remember the Titans 2: Layin' the Smackdown!". After my "Snakes on a Plane" bad movie high, there was no way I was missing a movie with The Rock and Xzibit as football coaches...in a prison! Before the movie, I took a swing at what would happen:
1. The Rock is a warden of some sort in a juvenile correction center. 2. The Rock grows increasing frustrated at the kids who leave, return to the streets, and wind up back in jail, or dead. 3. The Rock decides to form a football team. 4. The kids are reluctant at first. 5. There is conflict amongst members of the team. 6. There is a wacky sidekick to supply comic relief. 7. There is some team-unifying act that starts to bring the team together. Perhaps they sing and dance. 8. But wait! Someone gets killed! 9. Unified after the tragedy, the kids go to play the big, bad corporate sponsored football team. 10. The kids play valiantly, but in the end lose. 11. But win, in life.
It didn't quite go down that way, but despite the predictability, it was a fun little movie. The pacing did seem a bit off at parts, the dialog was a bit iffy, and they could have easily trimmed twenty minutes from the movie, but at least they tied up all the possible loose ends.
The Rock (now being billed as Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson) didn't embarass himself on-screen, although they did spend a lot of time trying to get him to emote. Xzibit didn't do to bad either, though they didn't give him a whole lot of screentime.
The football scenes were passable, but they were shot in the uber-frentic, "Batman Begins" style that grates on you after a while. The only football situation that bugged me, unfortunately, happened at the end of the film, and took me completely out of the movie. Although if you're Mike Tice*, you probably liked the call.
All in all, a fun Disney-ish movie, but probably one that worth waiting for rental. Anyone else catch a sneak preview...or plan on seeing it at all?
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I mean seriously, who calls a toss sweep when you're down by 4 on the opponent's 20-yard line, with 11 seconds left and no timeouts?!
"It's the four pillars of the male heterosexual psyche. We like naked women, stockings, lesbians, and Sean Connery best as James Bond because that is what being a [man] is." -Jack Davenport, Coupling
I went with the kids to see it, and was pleasantly suprised. While it wasn't Airplane/Top Secret/Naked Gun funny, it was surely Scary Movie funny, and damn sure better than Epic Movie or The Comebacks...probably not saying much though.