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The Game Plan (2007)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Family, Sport  |  28 September 2007 (USA)
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An NFL quarterback living the bachelor lifestyle discovers that he has an 8-year-old daughter from a previous relationship.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Kingman (as Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson)
Tubbs ...
Coach Mark Maddox
Larry the Doorman
Nanny Cindy


Joe Kingman is a huge football star. He's got women, money, and a good career. Everything is perfect for him. Then one day an 8 year old girl shows up at his door telling him that she's his daughter from a past relationship. Once he has proof that she is for a fact his, he tries but fails miserably at "parenting." From problems such as his super speedy car with no backseat, to leaving her in a bar at 3 am, he's got a lot to deal with. Eventually though, she gets him, (and his football team) wrapped around her finger. When she has a near-death experience and Joe finds out her mother died early that year, he wants her to move and live with him. Her aunt though disagrees and takes her home. Joe has to play the game of his life and when he's injured, and things don't look good for him, his daughter comes out and gets him right back on the field. Written by Courtney S.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


He had the perfect game plan. There's just one little problem... See more »


Comedy | Family | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

28 September 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Entrenando a papá  »

Box Office


$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$22,950,971 (USA) (28 September 2007)


£3,860,965 (UK) (4 April 2008)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Originally the script called for the football team to be the New England Patriots, but negotiating with the NFL became difficult for producers so they made up the team name instead. See more »


It looks like the same stadium is used for regular season games and the championship game, by the amount and location of wear on the field. You would think that a championship game in Arizona would have better looking striping, etc. than a regular season game near Boston. See more »


Joe Kingman: You don't get abs like these eating peanut butter patties.
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Crazy Credits

During the closing credits, the cast sings karaoke to "Burning Love" by Elvis. See more »


Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Episode dated 29 September 2007 (2007) See more »


Ain't Nothing Wrong with That
Written by Andrew Ramsey, Robert Randolph, Shannon Sanders
Performed by Robert Randolph and The Family Band
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Big on football; big on family
5 October 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Big Joe Kingman is living the all-American dream: he's a superstar quarterback and living large. His team loves him and big sponsorships are flowing thick and fast.

There's only one little hiccup for the big man: an 8 year-old girl shows up on his doorstep one evening. The King's entire life is turned upside down within a month.

Joe discovers that this peppy little gal is none other than his daughter. Dad and daughter have to make up for lost time, often with hilarious results.

The Rock shows yet again why he is an all-American superstar: he's bright, brawny and full of talent. Madison Pettis does a sterling job as Peyton Kelly, his sassy little daughter.

The duo has brilliant on-screen chemistry and Disney has compiled a sure-fire family winner in The Game Plan.

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