'Rebound' has limited appeal
By BILLY NORRIS
Published July 11, 2005
RATING: PG for mild language and thematic elements
SUMMARY: Roy McCormick (Martin Lawrence) is a college basketball coach with millions of dollars in endorsements and an ego the size of the venues his team plays in. He is becoming so focused on his celebrity status and fame that he has lost sight of his true passion: the game of basketball. McCormick is suspended after a bad call during an away game leads to a lengthy on-court tirade (think coach Bob Knight). He must readjust his attitude before he is allowed to coach in the college ranks again. Forced to take a job coaching an untalented and awkward middle school team for the sake of P.R., McCormick soon discovers more about himself and the game with the help of these youngsters and their ceaseless motivation and drive.
MY VIEW: I was expecting pure trash from this one. But it managed to stay completely out of the garbage bin despite its predictability and slightly off-color humor. On the other hand, it likely will be short-lived at the box office due to its rather slim range of appeal and character-limiting stereotypes. Lawrence delivered a fairly standard performance. There were a few hilarious parts but they were sporadic throughout the 103-minute film. The kids' performances were subdued by the labels they had to fulfill, and the love story between McCormick and the mom of the team's most skilled player (played by Wendy Raquel Robinson) could have been deleted in the final edits. The laughs and feel-good family values salvage this one. This flick is a shot that catches the rim, slams off the backboard and barely makes it in the hoop - not a beauty, but it gets the job done.
RECOMMENDATIONS: Younger basketball fans and Martin Lawrence devotees will delight. For the rest of us, it might be better to wait until the DVD release.
- Billy Norris, 17, will be in the 12th grade at Seminole High School and is a former member of the Times X-Team.
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