Plot: What’s it about?
Roy McCormick (Martin Lawrence) is one of the most famous coaches in college basketball, or more to the point, infamous coaches. He is a skilled coach, but he has let his fame and success go to his head, to the point where his work as a coach has taken a backseat. McCormick is more focused on getting more endorsement deals, putting money and exposure over his own career. But he is on thin ice of late, after he missed half of a game in order to shoot a magazine photo spread, not the actions of a devoted coach. Even when he is on the bench, he can be troublesome, as he has a hot temper and often flies off the handle. His behavior hits an all time low when he gets mad and throws a basketball at the other team’s bench, hitting their bird mascot and killing it. Instead of banning him from college basketball, he is offered a chance to redeem himself, by coaching a hopeless middle school team, for free, no less. But can he overcome his own problems, then use his skills to turn the team around, or has he lost the touch?
I have seen this kind of movie time and again, sometimes inspirational, sometimes dramatic, and sometimes more comedic. In some instances, the concept of a down on his luck coach with a ragtag team can be great, such as Hoosiers, but that isn’t often. In the case of Rebound, the filmmakers seem satisfied to aim for a lower goal, a harmless, but unoriginal family film. I can understand why the aim toward families, the market is there, but here there is no attempt to make the concept fresh. So we’re left with a movie that comes off as a rehash at every turn, very bland and totally predictable. Martin Lawrence continues his streak of bad performances, with a lot of forced humor that falls flat. The rest of the cast is gifted and well chosen, but thanks to the lackluster material, they don’t have a lot to do. I cannot recommend this movie in good faith, as so many better options are out there, but if you must see Rebound, wait for it to be shown on cable.
Video: How does it look?
Rebound is presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, with a full frame version included on the disc’s flip side. This is a good visual presentation and try as I might, I could find very little wrong with it. The black levels look sharp and well balanced, blacks are deep & rich, while white seem bright & bold. This ensures a nice balance of contrast for the colors, which emerge here in vibrant form and free from all smears & bleeds. This is also a very smooth overall transfer, with minimal print debris and no signs of compression problems I could detect. Another impressive treatment from Fox.
Audio: How does it sound?
You wouldn’t expect much from a family comedy in terms of audio and this proves to be no exception to that assumption. I do think the music sounds very good in this mix, but no other elements seem to touch the surround channels. But then again, this film uses a massive amount of dialogue and little else, so there’s no real call for frequent surround use. The dialogue is what counts here and in this case, it sounds clean and shows no real issues at all. The vocals are crisp and consistent, with no volume problems to spoil the good time. This disc also includes Spanish and French language tracks, as well as subtitles in English and Spanish.
Supplements: What are the extras?
I was bored to tears with the movie itself, so it should be no surprise that the commentary with the writers proves to be just as dull. I should have known better, but I suffered through the dismal session. This disc also includes some storyboards, as well as the film’s theatrical trailer.