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19 October 2007 (USA) See more »
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A comedy that spoofs the inspirational sports movies, The Comebacks tells the story of an out-of-luck coach, Lambeau Fields, who takes a rag-tag bunch of college misfits and drives them towards the football championships. In the process, this life-long loser discovers that he is a winner after all by redeeming himself, saving his relationship with his family and friends, and finding that there is indeed, no "I" in "team"! Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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David Koechner ... Lambeau "Coach" Fields

Carl Weathers ... Freddie Wiseman

Melora Hardin ... Barb Fields

Matthew Lawrence ... Lance Truman

Brooke Nevin ... Michelle Fields

Nick Searcy ... Mr. Truman
George Back ... Buddy Boy

Noureen DeWulf ... Jizminder Featherfoot

Jesse Garcia ... Jorge Juanson

Jackie Long ... Trotter

Robert Ri'chard ... Aseel Tare

Martin Spanjers ... Randy Randinger

Jermaine Williams ... IPod

Finesse Mitchell ... Titans Coach

Will Arnett ... Mailman

Dax Shepard ... Sheriff

Bradley Cooper ... Cowboy

Jon Gries ... Barber

Andy Dick ... Toilet Bowl Referee

Eric Christian Olsen ... Foreign Exchange Student

Frank Caliendo ... Chip Imitation

Stacy Keibler ... All-American Mom

Drew Lachey ... All-American Dad

Jason Sklar ... Superfan #1

Randy Sklar ... Superfan #2

Kerri Kenney ... Sports Judge (as Kerri Kenney-Silver)

Jillian Grace ... Maria Sharapova Look-Alike

Dennis Rodman ... Warden
Bill Buckner ... Himself

Eric Dickerson ... Himself

Michael Irvin ... Himself
Chris Rose ... Himself

John Salley ... Himself

Lawrence Taylor ... Himself

Shannon Woodward ... Emily

Brittany Buckner ... Kelly

Lindsay Gareth ... Brittany

Emma Heming ... Megan
Kai Donovan Brady ... Young Lance
Adam Apodaca ... Maddonald

David Blue ... LaCrosse Partygoer
Kevin Patrick Burke ... Zidane Look-Alike
Ren Casey ... Cubs Fan
John W. Clark ... Venus Williams Look-Alike

Ken Medlock ... Pitching Coach
Don 'Doc' Milligan ... Referee #2

Holmes Osborne ... Man in Suit

Chase Penny ... Troy

Casey Sander ... Clint
Jason Widener ... Vince

Jim Cody Williams ... Salamander

Maurice LaMarche ... Announcer
Jerry Sherman ... Rookie
Leigh Koechner ... Reporter (as Leigh Morgan)

Rodney Saulsberry ... God (Voice-over) (voice)

Staci B. Flood ... Trotter Dancer (as Staci Flood)
Aisha Jamila Francis ... Trotter Dancer (as Aisha Francis)

Melanie Lewis ... Trotter Dancer

Paige Peterson ... Trotter Dancer
Stephanie Spanski ... Trotter Dancer
Bethany Strong ... Trotter Dancer

Erin Yvonne ... Trotter Dancer
Lauren Curtis ... Cheerleader
Joe Jackson ... Cheerleader
Angela Lee ... Cheerleader
Alan Linder ... Cheerleader

Kristine May ... Cheerleader

Tarah Paige ... Cheerleader
Tim Passalacqua ... Cheerleader
David Ranck ... Cheerleader
Kasey Rodgers ... Cheerleader
Rudy Rodriguez ... Cheerleader
Megan Ryan ... Cheerleader
Monica Soto ... Cheerleader
Ryan Wiederspahn ... Cheerleader
Ryan Adams ... Fantasy Dancer

Bryan Anthony ... Fantasy Dancer

Marty Dew ... Fantasy Dancer
John Gregory ... Fantasy Dancer (as John Havik Gregory)
Clinton Huff ... Fantasy Dancer

Dondraico Johnson ... Fantasy Dancer
Jorene Leonard ... Fantasy Dancer (as Jorene K. Leonard)

Brooke Long ... Fantasy Dancer

Chris Moss ... Fantasy Dancer
Sarah Rosete ... Fantasy Dancer
Jenna Stewart ... Fantasy Dancer

Shaun T. ... Fantasy Dancer
Daniel Abikasis ... Football Player
Kenny Bell ... Football Player
Jeffrey Brand ... Football Player
Sunny Byrd ... Football Player
Shawn Dickie ... Football Player
Matt Douglass ... Football Player
Chad Mehle ... Football Player
Brad M. Sorenson ... Football Player (as Brad Sorenson)
Michael Spencer ... Football Player

Russell Thomas ... Football Player
Maurice Trautman ... Football Player
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Akima ... Chief Featherfoot
Melanie Lewis ... Dancers

Don Abernathy ... Football Fan (uncredited)

Tony Alameda ... Tattooed Convict (uncredited)

Keith Biondi ... Racetrack Bum (uncredited)
David Black ... Cameraman (uncredited)

Dre Bowie ... Titan Football Player (uncredited)

Alex E. Burns ... The Limousine Driver (uncredited)

Monica Cabral ... Tiffany (uncredited)
Dorothy Camak ... Prom Date (uncredited)
D.T. Carney ... Team Unbeatable (uncredited)
Allie Cohen ... Titan Cheerleader (uncredited)
Michael Coleman ... (uncredited)
Lewis Dauber ... (uncredited)
Donovan Del Pinto ... Soccer Goalie (uncredited)

Ryan O'Neil DeSouza ... Cuban Refugee (uncredited)

Rico Devereaux ... Reporter (uncredited)

Paul Edney ... Football Fan (uncredited)
Manrico Erasmi ... Marco Materazzi (uncredited)
Aidan Gonzales ... Baby Lance (uncredited)
Andrew Gonzales ... Baby Lance (uncredited)

Derek Graf ... Turbo (uncredited)
Minnie Gupta ... Hot Tub Girl (uncredited)

Trae Ireland ... Minnesota Viking Player (uncredited)

Lu Johnson ... Chet, Down Marker Ref (uncredited)

Matt Leonard ... Scary Lineman (uncredited)

Chauntal Lewis ... Freddy's Girl (uncredited)
Debra Ling ... Hottie (uncredited)
John Lobato ... Toilet Bowl Fan (uncredited)
Eric Mandia ... Comebacks Football Player (uncredited)

Debra Milano ... Pregnant Woman (uncredited)
Jerrod Montgomery ... Cubs Center Fielder (uncredited)

Margaret Newborn ... Spectator (uncredited)

Brad Newman ... (uncredited)
Bruce Nicholson ... Armed Guard #1 (uncredited)

Armon Nowparvar ... Camp Kid (uncredited)

Carly Jordan Pancher ... 7 Year Old Michelle (uncredited)

Jean-Michel Richaud ... Scary Lineman (voice) (uncredited)
Retson Ross ... Flashback Football Boy (uncredited)
Jennifer Rubinow ... Girl in Crowd (uncredited)
Jeff Sanders ... Player #1 in Shower (uncredited)

Marty Eli Schwartz ... Taser Cop (uncredited)
Marquita Scott ... Titan Cheerleader (uncredited)

Robb Skyler ... Marv Albert (uncredited)
Cory Smith ... Comebacks Football Player (uncredited)
Arne Starr ... Football Fan (uncredited)
Nick Stavrianoudakis ... Toilet Bowl Fan (uncredited)
Samuel Sylvester ... Titan Fan (uncredited)
Joshua Gates Weisberg ... Toilet Bowl Fan (uncredited)

Tony Wilde ... Autistic Kid (uncredited)

Directed by
Tom Brady 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Ed Yeager (screenplay) &
Joey Gutierrez (screenplay)

John Aboud (story) &
Michael Colton (story) and
Adam Jay Epstein (story) &
Andrew Jacobson (story)

Produced by
Peter Abrams .... producer
Adam F. Goldberg .... executive producer
Laura Greenlee .... co-producer
Jeffrey Harlacker .... associate producer
Robert L. Levy .... producer
Andrew Panay .... producer
Kevin Sabbe .... co-producer
Michael Schreiber .... co-producer (as Mike Schreiber)
 
Original Music by
Christopher Lennertz 
 
Cinematography by
Anthony B. Richmond 
 
Film Editing by
Alan Edward Bell 
 
Casting by
Barbara Fiorentino 
Rebecca Mangieri 
Wendy Weidman 
 
Production Design by
Marc Fisichella 
 
Art Direction by
Douglas Cumming 
 
Costume Design by
Salvador Pérez Jr. 
 
Makeup Department
Rebecca Alling .... makeup artist
Patricia Budz .... assistant hair stylist (as Patty Budz)
Tarra D. Day .... makeup department head (as Tarra Day)
RaMona Fleetwood .... hair department head
Kelly Golden .... lead sculptor
Ketty Gonzalez .... hair stylist
Rob Hinderstein .... prosthetic effects supervisor
Desne J. Holland .... makeup artist (as Desne Holland)
Yuko T. Koach .... hair stylist
Lori Sanders .... hair stylist
Leah Vautrot .... makeup artist: second unit
David Williams .... makeup artist: second unit
Debbie Zoller .... makeup artist: second unit
 
Production Management
Mark Hansson .... unit production manager: additional photography
Marty Eli Schwartz .... unit production manager
John G. Scotti .... unit production manager: second unit
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Karen Miller Ehrlich .... assistant director: additional photography
Karen Miller Ehrlich .... second second assistant director
Timothy Grant Engle .... second assistant director: additional photography
Allan Graf .... second unit director
Mark Hansson .... first assistant director: additional photography
Bri Hervey .... production assistant
Leah King .... second second assistant director
Conte Mark Matal .... first assistant director (as Conte Matal)
Jayson Merrill .... second assistant director: second unit
Marc Newland .... additional second assistant director
Jenny Nolan .... second second assistant director: second unit
Marty Eli Schwartz .... first assistant director
John G. Scotti .... first assistant director: second unit
Ken Twohy .... crowds assistant director
 
Art Department
Alysia Allen .... art department coordinator
Liza Cucco .... art department assistant
Matthew D. Egan .... propmaker gangboss
Donald S. Foster .... set dresser
Wendy Jerde .... scenic painter gang boss
Duff Miller .... assistant property master
Tom Miller .... assistant property master
Lars Petersen .... construction coordinator
Eric Reichardt .... lead scenic
Robin Richesson .... storyboard artist
Rodney Rosene .... set dresser
Sharon Speller .... decorator painter
Steven C. Voll .... general foreman
Thomas 'Noe' Welch .... swing gang
John Youngblood .... on-set dresser
 
Sound Department
Mark Agostino .... pro tools playback operator
Walter Anderson .... sound mixer
Chris Carpenter .... sound re-recording mixer
Derek Casari .... adr engineer
Smokey Cloud .... assistant sound editor
Michael Haight .... dialogue editor
Allen Hartz .... adr supervisor
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer
R.J. Kizer .... dialogue editor
Andy Koyama .... sound re-recording mixer
Richard Mercado .... sound mixer: second unit
John Morris .... supervising sound editor
Michael A. Patillo .... sound utility
Andrea Piedimonte .... adr mixer
Brian Robinson .... boom operator
 
Special Effects by
Ozzy Alvarez .... fabricator
Thomas D. Bacho Jr. .... mechanical engineer
Christian Beckman .... makeup effects producer: Quantum Creation FX
Alex E. Burns .... special effects driver
Robert Kato DeStefan .... fabricator
Jason Dodd .... special effects crew
John C. Hartigan .... special effects coordinator
Danielle Noe .... special makeup effects: Quantum Creation FX
Justin Raleigh .... project coordinator: Quantum Creation FX
Mike Thompson .... special effects crew
Gary D. Bierend .... special effects crew (uncredited)
Mark Rappaport .... animatronic effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Spencer Armajo .... digital compositor
Gary M. Davis .... digital compositor
Saeed Faridzadeh .... digital compositor
Jim Gorman .... digital compositor
Todd Groves .... digital compositor
Bonnie Kanner .... visual effects executive producer: Pixel Magic
Ray McIntyre Jr. .... visual effects supervisor
Reid Paul .... senior digital effects supervisor
Reid Paul .... visual effects producer
Lee Roderick .... visual effects supervisor
Juan Carlos Vargas .... digital effects artist (as Juan Vargas)
Jennifer Vecchiarello .... visual effects producer
Thomas Mathai .... data manager (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Michael Adams .... stunts
John Ashker .... stunts
Dean Baldwin .... stunt double
Noah Ballou .... stunt double
Kevin Cassidy .... stunt performer
Kevin Cassidy .... utility stunts
Mark Chadwick .... stunt double
Jayson Dumenigo .... stunt double
Brennan Dyson .... stunt performer
Jonathon Ford .... stunt double
Jonathon Ford .... stunts
Mickey Giacomazzi .... stunts
Allan Graf .... stunt coordinator
Derek Graf .... stunts
Sean Graham .... stunt driver
James Heisner .... stunts
Michael Francis Kelly .... stunts (as Michael F. Kelly)
Steve Kelso .... stunt driver
Brandon Larcom .... stunt double: Martin Spanjers
Matt Leonard .... stunts
Michael Li .... stunt rigger
Shaun W. Loeser .... stunt double: Martin Spanjers
Deborah L. Mazor .... stunt double: Melora Hardin
Jim McConnell .... stunts
Bonnie Morgan .... stunt performer
Scottie Nic .... stunts
Chris Papajohn .... stunts
Jasper Pendergrass .... stunts
Norb Phillips .... stunts
Bryant Phipps .... stunts
Russ Prine .... stunts
Daniel Pryor .... stunts
Dana Reed .... stunts
Kevin Reid .... stunt double: Matthew Lawrence
Anthony G. Schmidt .... stunt bus driver
Chad L. Stevens .... stunts
Larnell Stovall .... stunt double: Jermaine Williams
Jay Torrez .... stunt double: Jesse Garcia
Dirk Vahle .... stunts
Tyler Vogt .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Todd Avery .... second assistant camera: second unit
Tony Bendt .... dolly grip: "a" camera
Kirk Bloom .... second assistant camera
Ryan Bradley .... grip
Glenn Brown .... assistant camera
Bob Campi .... digital imaging technician
Chris Cuevas .... assistant camera
Will Dearborn .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Mike DeGrazzio .... digital imaging technician
Ryan DeGrazzio .... camera utility
Matt Floyd .... key rigging grip
Steve Galvin .... first assistant electrician
Jeff Gatesman .... lighting console programmer
Bob Gorelick .... Steadicam operator
Bob Gorelick .... camera operator: "a" camera
David Henri .... video assist
Chip Ingram .... grip
Michael Kelem .... aerial camera operator
Brian J. Kronenberg .... grip (as Brian Kronenberg)
Philip Lee .... camera operator: second unit
Scott W. Leftridge .... key grip
Michael Listorti .... dolly grip
Anthony T. Marra II .... key grip: second unit
Isaac McKee .... lighting technician
Mike Moyer .... gaffer
Tony Olivieri .... first assistant camera
William Pavlu .... lighting technician
Kelly Price .... grip
Jonathan 'Chunky' Richmond .... camera operator: "b" camera
Chad Rivetti .... first assistant camera: second unit
Wiley Schott .... digital imaging technician: additional photography
Bob Scott .... director of photography: second unit (as Bob M. Scott)
Jason Lee Smith .... grip
Brian Spitz .... videographer
Robert Sterry .... video assist operator: second unit
Michael Ursetta .... rigging electrician
Douglas Wiltse .... dolly grip: "b" camera
 
Animation Department
Jonathan Winbush .... design/animation
 
Casting Department
Allison Bader .... casting intern
Jessie Disla .... casting associate
Johnny Gidcomb .... adr voice casting
Amber Horn .... casting associate
Jeff Olan .... extras casting
Cash Oshman .... crowd casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kevin Ian Ackerman .... additional costumer
Gala Autumn .... costume supervisor
Antonitta Barnes .... set costumer
Artemio Carpio .... costumer
Paul Corricelli .... set costumer
Eddie Gomez .... set costumer
Molly Grundman .... assistant costume designer
Terri Middleton .... costumer
Angela Parrish .... costumer
Roric Ruegsegger .... costumer
Haik Tateossian .... fabric dyer & printer
 
Editorial Department
Rod Dean .... associate editor
Beth Dewey .... digital intermediate producer
Michael Hatzer .... supervising digital colorist: Efilm
Donald Likovich .... assistant editor
Jason Miller .... Post-Production Coordinator
Jami Philbrick .... post-production assistant
Michael Rostker .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist
Buck Damon .... music supervisor
George Doering .... musician
Matt Fausak .... music editor
Kevin Globerman .... digital score recordist
M.B. Gordy .... musician: Percussion
Steve Juliani .... music preparation
Andrew Kinney .... orchestrator
David Low .... orchestra contractor
Dana Niu .... orchestrator
Brandon Roberts .... orchestrator
Bart Samolis .... musician
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn
Jeff Vaughn .... scoring mixer
Philip White .... assistant to composer
 
Transportation Department
Al Burton .... picture car coordinator
Darrell Dubovsky .... driver
Royale Edward .... driver
Chris Haynes .... driver
Kirk Huston .... driver captain
Zoa Keith .... transportation dispatcher
Knut Kielpinski .... driver
'Wild Bill' Laczko .... transportation
Rick Lovoy .... driver
Anthony J. Mignano .... driver
Douglas Price .... driver
Tony Ruiz .... driver
Brian Stackhouse .... driver
Chris Stephens .... transportation
John F. Teeple .... driver
Jay E. Vigil .... transportation co-captain
 
Other crew
Julie M. Anderson .... production supervisor
Michael Beatrice .... assistant accountant
Ted Boehm .... assistant: Peter Abrams and Andrew Panay
Luis Bonachea .... production assistant
Ben Brenner .... assistant: Peter Abrams and Andrew Panay
Tracy Browne .... second assistant accountant
Robert D. Brugger .... set medic
Kerry Carter .... production assistant: second unit
Dante .... warm-up comic
Paulette Dauber .... unit publicist
Ron J. DeGuzman .... production assistant
Jon Dorflinger .... assistant: Tom Brady
Diane Durant .... script supervisor
Jeff Einhorn .... photo double: Randy Sklar
Manrico Erasmi .... set production assistant
Lily Garcia .... set production assistant
Wendy Geary .... set production assistant
Marc C. Geschwind .... extras coordinator
Tony Gonzalez .... choreographer
Allan Graf .... football coordinator
Derek Graf .... assistant football coordinator
Nicole Graf .... football operations coordinator
Russ Herpich .... puppeteer
Chris Kerner .... production crew
Jennifer Klatt .... first assistant accountant
Robert Lamkin .... caterer
Jessica Linick .... production assistant
Steve Martin .... rigging medic
Chad Mazero .... production assistant
Jeremy Meyer .... assistant location manager
Ralph B. Meyer .... key location manager
Aina O'Kane .... puppeteer
Scooter Perrotta .... set production assistant
Sharina Radia .... crowd production assistant
Mark Rappaport .... puppeteer
Will Sandoval .... production assistant
Todd SanSone .... wireless imaging technician: aerial unit
Phil Scalisi .... craft service
Noah Suchoff .... set production assistant
Jim Swidarski .... payroll accountant
Bernadette Tanchauco .... production accountant
Stephanie Tull .... additional set production assistant
Michael P. Twombly .... assistant production coordinator (as Mish Twombly)
Jordan Wentz .... heartland cheerleader
Gene A. Lewis Jr. .... production assistant (uncredited)
 

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Rated PG-13 on appeal for crude and sexual content throughout and some drug material (re-rating on appeal)
Runtime:
USA:84 min | Germany:88 min | 107 min (unrated version)
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Trivia:
The coach's name, Lambeau Fields, is a play on Lambeau Field, the home of the Green Bay Packers.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Coach Fields is "Yankin' off horses," his hands are under the horse. Then it cuts to Freddie, and Coach Field's hands are on his lap with no time for him to achieve thisSee more »
Quotes:
Trotter:[Buddy Boy is blocking Trottter's locker] Out of my way, fat ass. You finally decide to block something and it's my locker?
Buddy Boy:I was just gonna drop off an invitation to my birthday party. FYI, there's going to be a petting zoo.
[whimpers]
Lance Truman:Nice. Score one for Trotter, which is one more than he had yesterday.
[throws ball at Trotter, who catches it as team oooohhhs]
Trotter:Look, man, why don't you pretend this thing is a football, and just drop it?
[team ooohhhs louder]
Lance Truman:Why don't you act like a barbell and get benched?
[team cheers]
Trotter:Why don't you pretend this whole thing is a basket full of groceries and get sacked?
[...]
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88 out of 148 people found the following review useful.
Another sad spoof, 20 October 2007
Author: keiichi73 from United States

I lay the blame for The Comebacks on anyone who enjoyed Date Movie and Epic Movie. You people encouraged the Fox studio to keep on churning out desperate parody films, and now we're faced with what just may be the laziest and most desperate one of them all. The Comebacks barely qualifies as a parody. Heck, it barely qualifies as a movie. This is a comedy in theory, but not in execution. No one, not even the people involved with this mess, could have possibly fooled themselves into thinking they were making a funny movie. Director Tom Brady (The Hot Chick) has made something truly wretched here.

The plot, if you can even call it that, centers on a man named Lambeau Fields (David Koechner). Right when I heard his name within the first couple seconds of the film, I knew I was in for a long movie. Funny names are seldom funny, and become even less funny the more you hear them. Lambeau is one of the worst coaches in the world, but he's been given another chance by his best friend, Freddie Wiseman (Carl Weathers), to coach a ragtag high school football team called The Comebacks. Lambeau must not only lead the team to victory, but also teach them the ways of inspirational sports movie clichés. He expects his kids to have poor grades and problems with alcohol, and ridicules them when they don't. When it looks like the team has a chance to play at the big championship Toilet Bowl game (Did 10-year-olds write this script?), Lambeau is shocked to discover that Freddie is the coach of the big rival team that his team will be playing against. Turns out Freddie only encouraged Lambeau to take the coaching job, because he wanted The Comebacks to lose.

The Comebacks is a movie so forced and pathetic, I almost had a hard time believing what I was watching. Spoof movies have recently turned into a game of "spot the movie reference", and this continues the tradition. It tries to squeeze in as many references to other sports movies as it can, but it either does absolutely nothing with them, expecting us to just point at the screen and laugh out of familiarity, or it attempts to be funny and falls flat on its face. Some of the films referenced include Field of Dreams, Bend it Like Beckham, Rocky Balboa, Friday Night Lights, Stick It, Radio, Miracle, Remember the Titans, Gridiron Gang, Invincible, and Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story. But wait, wasn't Dodgeball already a parody of inspirational sports movies? So, in other words, we're watching a parody of a parody of inspirational sports movies. If that makes any sense to you, you're just the audience this movie is looking for. Some of these films are referenced in the plot, and some (like the Rocky one) are just thrown in for no reason, because the filmmakers wanted to try to reference as many films as possible. There are some that the movie even feels the need to explain to us in its dialogue, just in case we've missed the obvious reference. You know a movie is in trouble when it has to spell out its own jokes to us.

The worst thing is that the screenplay by TV veterans and first time screen writers, Ed Yeager and Joey Gutierrez, doesn't even know the first and most important rule of parody - You have to play it straight. The actors have to pretend they're not in on the joke. The reason why the classic Zucker Brothers movies like Airplane, Top Secret, and The Naked Gun are remembered so fondly is because they cast serious actors like Leslie Nielsen (yes, he was a serious actor before he turned to comedy) and Robert Stack, and then threw them into ridiculous situations. What made it funny is that they acted like they weren't in a comedy, and kept a stone face to the weirdness around them. Those films wouldn't have worked if they played their roles broadly. The Comebacks proves this, as all the actors are forced to play their roles so goofy, it's like they're screaming at us to laugh. David Koechner keeps on flailing his arms, bulging his eyes, and screaming at the top of his lungs to the point he looks like someone who knows he's trapped in a dead-end comedy, and just tries too hard to pretend he's having a good time. The movie also doesn't understand the art of celebrity cameos (also an important factor when it comes to parody films). What kind of cameos do we get in The Comebacks? Andy Dick and Dennis Rodman.

By the time the movie throws in an out of nowhere and extremely pointless cast musical number to Journey's "Don't Stop Believing" for absolutely no reason whatsoever, I was just about ready to walk out the theater door. I was the only person at my screening, and the thought of this movie going on its pathetic way to a completely empty house kind of appealed to me. I did sit through the rest of The Comebacks, and I was not rewarded for my efforts. The sad thing is, Fox is not yet done killing the spoof genre. They have a parody of 300 coming out next year called Meet the Spartans. I'd say it can't be much worse than this, but I've seen the trailer, and I wouldn't want to get your hopes up.

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