Release Date: Aug. 22
Director: Fred Durst
Writers: Nick Santora
Cinematographer: Conrad W. Hall
Starring: Ice Cube, Keke Palmer, Tasha Smith, Matt Craven
Studio/Run Time: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer , 94 mins.
The feature debut for Fred Durst
The Longshots rests squarely in the much-maligned genre of “_______’s can’t play ______” sports movies, in this case throwing down against the idea that girls can’t play football. Jasmine (Keke Palmer) joins a football team as quarterback after receiving training from her uncle. Instead of just a girl-power film, though, being the only girl on the team is more about representing her estrangement from everyone else than about breaking down gender lines. Meanwhile, her uncle (Ice Cube) regains self-confidence by falling into a position coaching her team to a championship game.
It’s a by-the-numbers Hollywood movie, but a surprisingly competent one. Ice Cube’s performance and his chemistry with Palmer makes the film’s sentiment seep past walls of cynicism in a way rare for this type of feature. While by no means a cinematic masterpiece, the film is watchable almost in spite of itself. The Longshots is the first time a work by Fred Durst has felt more like an artistic statement than a threat.
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