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It's not a bad film, it's just misguided and unfunny
Martin Lawrence plays Roy, an arrogant and famous basketball coach suspended after a rant during a match, and he's forced to coach a high school team of kids whose major kicks on the sport is to be losers. "Rebound" follows the clichéd path of many other films of the subject but fails almost in everything it tries so hard to copy. It tries to be funny but it isn't (I mean, not even a single joke); it tries to create a climatic match during the end but it's almost a boring thing to see and to get there you might fall asleep during the other scenes.
Besides all the unfunny aspects there are more serious things to be said of "Rebound". With the notable exception of Steven Christopher Parker (who plays Wes, the intelligent kid but very unexperienced with basketball), all the other kids haven't got sympathetic characters, I couldn't relate with anyone of them (or relate with any character actually, everybody was boring or annoying). This was supposed to be a comedy, with some friendly characters and funny situations, but what I've got here was a distant, shallow and boring kid's movie.
This wasn't a good comical vehicle for Lawrence although he has some good moments (the two scenes where he talks to one of the kids about being a good player, motivating the kids to not be "the only guy on the team who plays well and start thinking on the team as a whole). Sadly Breckin Meyer was reduced to two or three scenes, playing Lawrence's agent.
This is not a case of a bad film with terrible things to show, but it is a misguided and unfunny little picture. 5/10
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