Rebound

Rated PG 87 minutes 2005

Martin Lawrence's humor, such as it is, generally stems from danger. At any moment, he might say something he isn't supposed to or act outrageously while donning some deliberately awful disguise. And now he's gone and made a kids' movie. Bad call. As a short-fused coach in the "NCBA" (the NCAA appears to have withheld permission for use of its name), Lawrence's Coach Roy should be a perfect fit, but even when he throws tantrums at the referees, this version of Lawrence seems way toned down from his Fox sitcom days. In a poorly staged gag, he ends up killing a bird mascot by accident, which gets him put on probation. To avoid getting banned altogether, he must prove himself worthy of another chance, but now no team will hire him, save one: the losing team at his former junior high. The plot's sort of like Kicking & Screaming in reverse, only without any laughs whatsoever. So, just to reiterate, in case the point is not yet made: Rebound isn't funny.

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Official Site: www.reboundthemovie.com

Director: Steve Carr

Writer: Ed Decter, John J Strauss, Jon Lucas and Scott Moore

Producer: Robert Simonds

Cast: Martin Lawrence, Patrick Warburton, Alia Shawkat, Megan Mullally, Breckin Meyer, Kimora Lee Simmons, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Oren Williams, Horatio Sanz and Tara Mercurio

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