Sickening Sports Satire
Release Date: October 19, 2007
Starring: David Koechner, Carl Weathers,
Melora Hardin, Matthew
Lawrence, and Brooke Nevin
Genre: Sports Comedy/Satire
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 84 minutes
Distributor: 20th Century Fox
Director: Tom Brady
Executive Producer: Adam F. Goldberg
Producer: Peter Abrams, Robert L. Levy,
Andrew Panay, and Peter Rice
Writer: Ed Yeager and Joey Gutierrez
Address Comments To:Rupert Murdoch, Chairman/CEO
Peter Chernin, President/COO of The Fox Group
Tom Rothman and Jim Gianopulos, Chairmen/CEO
Fox Filmed Entertainment
20th Century Fox Film Corp.
10201 West Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035
Phone: (310) 369-1000
THE COMEBACKS stars David Koechner as a demented coach who can lose at any sport. After retiring from coaching to become a race horse sperm collector he is offered a job coaching the Comebacks, an inept small college football team. The plot, if you call it that, is little more than an excuse to present repulsive jokes like the coach chastising his players for getting good grades. The coach insists that if you really care about football you will skip classes, get Ds and Fs and party after games by getting drunk and using drugs.
In one scene before a game, the coach asks his players to bow their heads and close their eyes. He zips up his zipper. The language, while not bad enough to earn the movie an R rating, is repulsive. Words that don’t qualify as obscenities are used to imply the same vulgar concepts. The scriptwriters hope this movie can make a profit by being gross. The actors are constantly called on to look and sound stupid. They succeed. The filmmakers work hard to be as pathetic as possible for 84 minutes while mocking admirable characters from movies like RUDY, RADIO, REMEMBER THE TITANS, and INVINCIBLE.
While spending far less money, the makers of FACING THE GIANTS created a football movie that inspires and uplifts audiences. People’s lives have been profoundly changed for the better because they saw FACING THE GIANTS. The same will never be said for THE COMEBACKS. If anything, this movie mocks what’s good about America and says to the world Americans are a bunch of fools interested only in sex, beer and drugs.
Someone thought this obnoxious script was worth investing millions of dollars. Why?
THE COMEBACKS sells sex, drugs and alcohol as “fun” to fools who are too blind to see the bondage they’re incurring.
Comedy can be a delightful genre. It is a joy to be amused by talented and tasteful filmmakers. Tasteful comedies often make lots of money. Sadly, THE COMEBACKS is a prime example of the dark side of comedy, where laughs are sought by appealing to the worst in human nature.
THE COMEBACKS is a sickening, poorly done satire so heavily laden with sexual innuendos it is repulsive. Words that don’t qualify as obscenities are used to imply the same vulgar concepts. The actors are constantly called on to look and sound stupid. They succeed. The filmmakers work hard to be as pathetic as possible for 84 minutes while mocking admirable characters from movies like RUDY, RADIO, REMEMBER THE TITANS, and INVINCIBLE. If you want to see a really funny sports satire, go rent HORSEFEATHERS with the Marx Brothers.