Just minutes after losing the biggest game of the year, all-state receiver Bobby Makefield takes to the turf again in a one-on-one overtime shocker. Driven to the edge by his referee father... See full summary »

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Just minutes after losing the biggest game of the year, all-state receiver Bobby Makefield takes to the turf again in a one-on-one overtime shocker. Driven to the edge by his referee father, Bobby squares off against the winning team's golden boy-not to mention Mr. Makefield's newest protégé-Tommy Johnson. A dog-walker turned field general throws the game of his life, as Bobby performs a savage ballet, chopping feet and taking pain like the hard-muscle legends of yore. Come crunch time, the only thing standing between Bobby and victory is the half-man, half-Zebra on the sideline. When Bobby catches the winning touchdown, Mr. Makefield bombards him with flags, the last of which he slings at his face, declaring, "You're adopted." Here is the motivation behind seventeen years of abuse, including the latest injury: a blown call at that afternoon's championship game. Mr. Makefield penalizes Bobby ninety-nine yards for making his life miserable, but instead of kicking, the unfortunate son ... Written by The Minor Prophets

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18 May 2007 (France)  »

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$15,000 (estimated)
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Playing ball
22 December 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

4th and 99 is a short film directed by Derek Frey who has made several short films and as a producer he has a long association with director Tim Burton.

Frey joins forces with the comedy troupe from Pennsylvania, The Minor Prophets with whom he has made several comedy shorts.

Bobby is a high school kid who has lost the last game of the season. His dad was the referee and botched a call which stopped his son from making a winning touchdown.

Dad is the aggressive type and it is clear he dislikes his son. In fact he has a kid from the opposing team in his car and he is giving him a ride home. Dad instigates a one on one match between the two high school players in order to further embarrass his son. A passer by is roped in to throw the ball at the football field.

This is the first time I have seen The Minor Prophets in action. There is almost an absurdity in the comedy and the comedy is cruel as dad is a jerk out to humiliate his son.

I found the editing of the film rather choppy in places and the acting is not the best, particularly Gil Damon who played the dad/referee. He is never ever going to give Kenneth Branagh any sleepless nights.

It makes for a minor amusing comedy and you will cheer when Bobby realises that the name of the game is knock-down and not touch-down.


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