The Longshots
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Former Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst directs Ice Cube and Keke Palmer in this battle-of-the-sexes sports comedy about a former high-school football star who coaches his niece to become the first-ever girl quarterback in the history of Pop Warner football. Based on a true story, The Longshots opens in the struggling American town of Minden, IL. The Minden Browns used to be one of the strongest teams in the Pop Warner league, but lately things have taken a turn for the worst. Recognizing that his old team needs some fresh blood in order to make a comeback, a former player (Cube) trains his… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 40%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It is unabashedly sentimental and, at times sincerely touching, mainly when Ice Cube and Palmer are alone together on the screen."
‑ Harper Baines, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"The Longshots is a likable enough Cinderella story, one whose heart is clearly in the right place, even if it winds up on its sleeve once too often."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"Despite its roots in real life, much of The Longshots feels like Hollywood stirring the pot."
‑ Neil Pond, American Profile
"Durst's surprisingly gentle and understated direction lends the proceedings authenticity even when they cover the most pro forma ground."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"A winner for the whole family."
‑ Pete Hammond,
"The most surprising thing about the inspirational sports movie The Longshots is not that there isn't already an inspirational sports movie with that exact name. The big shock is that the director Fred Durst -- and he doesn't do half bad."
‑ Gregory Kirschling, Entertainment Weekly
"This genuinely affecting movie, based on a true story, has a heart as big as a football field even when its plot points are telegraphed."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"The script may have taken an hour to write, and I hope they got a bulk rate on generic inspirational music, but Cube and his young co-star, Keke Palmer, are plenty charismatic, and Durst doesn't knock over the camera."
‑ Mark Bazer, Boston Phoenix
"That's the problem with this well-intentioned celebration of the spirit of Title IX: it wants so badly to be liked that it tries to blend into the crowd. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Cube and Durst have certainly survived worse career flops, but the chances of them working together again on a film? Let's just say it's a longshot."
‑ Ethan Alter, Film Journal International
"A cliché-riddled, warm and fuzzy, small-town sports drama."
‑ Adam Graham, Detroit News
"The Longshots (awful title, guys) plays every instrument in the cliché orchestra, but it at least plays them well, and its characters are likable enough to settle in with for a pleasant hour and a half."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"It has a nice message, and despite the fact that I feel he's been totally emasculated over the years, Cube remains a solid actor."
‑ Chris Bumbray, JoBlo's Movie Emporium
"Ice Cube brings his family film "A" game to The Longshots"
‑ Christian Toto, Donne Tempo
"It's rare to see a well-made movie that empowers young girls the way this one does. So who am I to complain about the plot being formulaic?"
‑ Michael Dance, The Cinema Source
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