The Longshots (2008) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Comedy / Drama / Family / Sports
Weinstein Company || PG - 94 minutes - $34.99 || December 2, 2008
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2008-12-09


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Fred Durst
Writer(s): Nick Santora (written by)
Cast: Ice Cube, Keke Palmer, Tasha Smith


Theatrical Release Date: August 22, 2008


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Jasmine Plummer: The Real Longshot
  • Making The Longshots
  • A Conversation with Ice Cube
  • A Conversation with Fred Durst
  • Theatrical Trailer


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.85)
  • English (Dolby TrueHD)
  • Subtitles: English

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.::THE FILM::.

Jasime (KeKe Parker) is your average student who dreams of being a super model one day like her idol Tyra Banks. In school she tends to be a loner - sitting by herself with her nose always firmly placed inside of a book. Her mother works all day at the diner and feels that Jasmine should be around some instead of alone so she hires her husbandís brother Curtis (Ice Cube) to watch her. Curtis is what many would call a "bum" - no job, no dreams and stuck in a city which he desperately wants to leave.

At first the relationship between Jasmine and Uncle Curtis does not go well - she believes him to be an idiot and wants nothing to do with him and instead pines away at the day that her father may one day come back into her life. Curtis soon introduces Jasmine to the sport of football and before she knows it she has fallen in love with it and joins a local pee-wee team. The rest of the film delves into Jasmines hardships of being a female on a football team and being the first female football star to play at the Super Bowl.

After watching and reviewing a handful of Ice Cubes other films on Blu-ray I was a bit apprehensive about watching this one. I really don't care for his acting skills at all and he, along with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, has been on a roll with acting in these "kid" films to help diversify their acting portfolio. Unlike xXx 2 or First Sunday, I actually enjoyed this film. Sure it has a few flaws but anything is better than the aforementioned movies.

I was almost certain this film would be centered around Jasmine and her trials about playing football but underneath it all its really a film about a town that has undergone a major tragedy - the local factory closing down forcing many to either leave the town or becoming unemployed. The film sets itself apart because not only does it focus on Jasmine but also the town as well - showing how it could be transformed from a depressed location into something more, all because Jasmine infused the town with some much needed hope.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

All Special Features are presented in SD unless otherwise noted.

Deleted Scenes (20 Minutes) Ė A little more than a dozen scenes all of which add very little to the film. While I did enjoy a few of them, I can see why they were cut (pacing).

Jasmine Plummer: The Real Longshot (7 Minutes) - A rather boring interview with the real Jasime who tells her story a little bit differently than the film.

Making the Longshots (8 Minutes) - Yet again this is one of those "blank was so amazing!" except itís all centered on Ice Cube. While I did enjoy him in the film, the real person they should be talking about is KeKe.

A Conversation With Ice Cube (5 Minutes) and A Conversation With Director Fred Durst (7 Minutes) - Not all that interesting, but both "stars" discuss why they chose to do this feel and what they liked about it.

Also included is the Theatrical Trailer (HD).



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

The Longshots is presented in 1.85:1 (AVC/MPEG-4) on a 25GB Disc. Colors are rather drab most of the time giving it a nitty-gritty film. Blacks however are very strong most of the time and there is no instance of any digital artifacts. For the most part itís an average transfer - nothing thatíll blow you away.

Weinstein has included an English 5.1 TrueHD Track. Just like the Picture Quality its simply an average track. Dialog is very clean, but the rears only seem to be active at the football game scenes which are a bit of a disappointment. I kept checking to make sure I was listening to the TrueHD track and not standard DD5.1 because it didn't sound all that great.



.::OVERALL::.

This is a heartwarming film about the trials of a young girl becoming the first female football player to play at the Super bowl and the townís reaction to it. With a great cast it makes this film a great rental and maybe one of Ice Cubeís best films.