When Coach Roy McCormick’s (Martin Lawrence) appetite for the limelight consumes his passion for coaching, his inflated ego and hot temper cause him to lose control and get thrown out of college basketball. His only chance of returning is to keep his cool while coaching a group of middle-school misfits into a triumphant team. The infamous coach soon discovers that it takes more than flash to survive in the seventh-grade world. Coaching the Smelters — Big Mac “The Bully” (Tara Correa-McMullen), Fuzzy “Oat” (Logan McElroy), One-Love “Flash” (Eddy Martin), Goggles “Bench Warmer” (Gus Hoffman), Ralph “Nerves” (Steven Anthony Lawrence), Wes “The Sledgehammer” (Steven C. Parker) and Keith “The Playa” (Oren Williams) — may take more heart than basketball IQ. These teens want to know if he’s going to stay through the second half or walk off the floor while the clock’s still running.
Known best for his role in “Big Momma’s House,” Martin Lawrence tones down the foul language in this “Mighty Ducks” meets basketball film, “Rebound.” As Coach Roy McCormick takes a bunch of misfits and tries to make a basketball team, he learns some valuable lessons about life and what is really important. Audiences will be pleasantly surprised at how void of foul language this film is. In this case if art wanted to imitate life, they could have pounded our ears with foul language as Coach Roy received technical foul after technical foul. In real sports, you see coaches representing their schools in disgusting fashion by yelling obscenities at the refs. Thank goodness this film takes the high road in this department. Coach Roy learns to love basketball again and teaches kids to come together for a common cause. “Rebound” is not a new idea in a family film, but it does a wonderful job at entertaining. There are touching moments and very comical moments. “Rebound” should be a slam dunk for family fun!