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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


Joe Kingman had the perfect game plan to win the championship... but first, he has to tackle 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?


Despite the fact that this was filmed in Super 35, "Filmed in Panavision" is listed in the end credits. See more »


When Peyton gives Joe the cookie in the car, the bites he takes out of it keep changing between shots. See more »


Joe Kingman: Then you get inside people's minds, and you drive them crazy, just like her!
Peyton Kelly: Well at least I got a mind, because if I didn't, I'd be just like you!
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Crazy Credits

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


References Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii (1973) See more »


Mr. Blue Sky
Written by Jeff Lynne
Performed by Electric Light Orchestra
Courtesy of Epic Records
By Arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
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Great Family Movie
22 September 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

We saw this tonight. It was wonderful. My husband took one look at all the little girls seated in the theater and said, "Did you choose the right movie?" But he laughed from start to finish, as did all the other men in the theater.

The story is about a selfish star quarterback who plays for the Boston Rebels NFL team. (Ah, if only it were so). He has a fabulous bachelor pad and a bulldog. He adores Elvis and has adopted his nickname, calling himself Joe "The King" Kingman. A wee eight year-old girl shows up on his doorstep and says she is his daughter. This throws him off balance to say the least.

The Rock plays the part very well. I heard a LOT of sniffles during emotional parts. The little girl who plays his daughter is adorable.

I highly recommend.

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