The Comebacks (PG-13)

Comedy 84 October 19, 2007
By Luke Y. Thompson
One of Dictionary.com's definitions of comeback reads: “a clever or effective retort; rejoinder; riposte.” Perhaps, then, the moviegoing audience ought to file some sort of lawsuit; The Comebacks displays nothing remotely clever or effective. Rather, it will make you question whether you ever found David Koechner funny in all those Will Ferrell comedies; he generates exactly zero laughs as the loser coach of an underdog football team in this alleged satire of inspirational sports movies. Simply put, if you can't do better than 1989's Major League, don’t bother. Though this sophomore effort from director Tom Brady (of The Hot Chick, a masterpiece of sophistication in comparison) isn't as obnoxiously awful as, say, Epic Movie, it's simply not funny in the least. (If you’re going to parody such disasters as the mentally-handicapped-Cuba Gooding film Radio, it might be prudent to generate more deliberate laughs than the unintentional ones delivered by the original.) Brady’s sole decent idea is the casting of Carl Weathers as an evil coach, but, much like the narrative, it goes nowhere.
Tom Brady David Koechner, Carl Weathers, Melora Hardin, Matthew Lawrence, Brooke Nevin, Nick Searcy, George Back, Noureen DeWulf, Jesse Garcia, Jackie Long Ed Yeager, Joey Gutierrez, John Aboud, Michael Colton, Tom Brady, Kevin Sabbe Peter Abrams, Robert L. Levy, Andrew Panay Fox Atomic

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