The Long Shots
Curtis Plummer — a down-on-his-luck former high school football star — turns his niece, Jasmine, into the quarterback of the local team, the Minden Browns, and gets his stride back when he becomes the team coach. With Curtis as their new leader and their pigtail-wearing star player, this team of misfits wins its way to the Pop Warner Super Bowl and the small city of Minden, Illinois, is ignited with team spirit, town pride and the glory it once knew.
This is an inspirational story and told with realism. The situations which Curtis Plummer (Ice Cube) and his niece Jasmine (Keke Palmer) go through are dramatically powerful. The two wind up together when Jasmine’s mother asks her Uncle Curtis to watch her after school as the mother is working extra hours at the diner. Neither Curtis nor Jasmine are smitten with the idea initially, but when Curtis sees his niece throw a football he begins to realize that his niece has a special gift. This film is based on a true life story as Jasmine makes the boy’s football team as quarterback. The town comes to life after the team begins to finally win. I was very disappointed when I heard a coach in the film let loose with strong language. The language is the only thing which prevents us from awarding this film our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal, but it’s there and it’s our job to let you know. This film could have been a great family film and it’s too bad it falls short of that due to the language content.