THE UNDERDOGGS MOVIE REVIEW
If you are of a certain generation, there’s a good chance that not only have you seen The Mighty Ducks, but you could probably quote it while explaining the plot in great detail. It was certainly a pivotal film of the early 90s. It spawned several sequels and more than a few wannabes. And the best guess that Bradley, Melina, and T.C. have is that one night, Snoop Dogg got high, watched The Mighty Ducks, and said to himself, “I should make that movie.” So he did. Jaycen “Two-J’s” Jennings (Snoop) is an arrogant, washed up, former football superstar. After a major car accident, Jaycen is ordered to perform community service in his old neighborhood. He sees an opportunity to rebuild his brand by coaching a struggling youth football team, where one of the players is the son of his former flame Cherise (Tika Sumpter). Jaycen sees an opportunity for a comeback by using the kids to promote how much he’s grown, even if that’s all for show. But let’s be real. You know where this is going. The question is, does this very familiar sports movie play well, or does it do the bare minimum of storytelling in order to promote Snoop’s (albeit wonderful and altruistic) non-profit football organization founded to provide the opportunity for inner-city children to participate in youth football and cheer?
DIRECTED BY: Charles Stone III
STARRING: Snoop Dogg, Elias Ferguson, Tika Sumpter, Jonigan Booth, Caleb Dixon, Adan James Carrillo, Alexander Michael Gordon, Kylah Davila, Mike Epps, George Lopez, Shamori Washington, Schelle Purcell, Andrew Schulz, Kal Penn, Kandi Burruss
T.C. De Witt (Screener Squad)
T.C. De Witt is a multi-awarded writer/director originally from Wisconsin and now based in Los Angeles. His life has been devoted to the arts since he was a child. He’s been a stage performer, playwright, stand-up comic, film and television actor, radio DJ, podcaster published author, recorded musician, and comic writer/illustrator. He is now a professional screenwriter and has been thriving for the past decade, regularly offering his talents to production studios in LA, Chicago, Milwaukee, and internationally in Sydney and Poland. He’s provided content for Amazon Prime, Netflix, and several YouTube partners. His films have screened internationally, and his stageplays have been performed across the country. In the last ten years, he has directed 57 films, 23 episodes of his series The One Minute Rewatch, 300+ episodes of podcasts, and his multi-award-winning short film Screen: Righter screened at the Festival de Cannes in 2016. He has released two feature films, The Princess Knight and A Christmas Sunset. He thrives on collaboration and the thrill of sharing stories in all forms.
Bradly Martin (Screener Squad, Eye on the Prize, Breakfast Pub)
Bradly Martin was born in the united states and grew up on a healthy diet of sports, films, and books. A rather shy lad who kept to himself, Bradly soon discovered the best way to know a person was to know what people liked. Throughout the years Bradly became a fan of many things and a fanatic of none. From Doctor Dre, to Doctor Strange and the who’s who of Whos. From Playstation to the Dreamcast and Marvel to DC. From LeBron James to James Bond and Lord of the Rings to Lord Palmerston (or Pitt the Elder if you agree with Wade Boggs) and is a huge fan of dad jokes and randomly obscure Simpsons references. Armed with a vast knowledge of comics, films, and pop culture. Bradly traveled the world making friends and sharing takes. As a young man Bradly married the love of his life young and grew older every year with each new child brought into the brood. If trends continue, Scientists predict that .2% of Canada (where Bradly and family reside) will be populated by Bradly’s children by the year 2029. You can hear him leading and listening to his favorite critics on the Screener Squad and Eye on the prize and maybe even provide some comments of his own.
Melina Eames (Screener Squad)
Melina first discovered that she carried the nerd gene at the tender age of four following her exposure to a little film called A New Hope. In the twenty-some years that followed, Melina continued to grow into her geek identity through the discovery of Batman, Mst3k, Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings and The Mandalorian. But perhaps her most significant discovery came at the age of fourteen when a night of YouTube mining led her to the review site of Spill.com. Melina became a devoted follower whose fandom did not end with the site’s demise. By then, it had worked its dark magic and left her with a love and appreciation for film criticism that she has yet to shrug.
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