The Comebacks Movie Review
Tom Brady is one of the best quarterbacks ever. Some even say he is the best. That doesn't mean he can make movies, though.
Brady - albeit not the same Brady who lost to Eli Manning in the Super Bowl - is the director of The Comebacks, a rather dreadful spoof of popular sports films. I popped the movie into my DVD player, and, needless to say, it did not stay in there very long. I never had high expectations for the film, and it wasn't any better or worse than those expectations, but it's still a bad movie.
David Koechner stars as Lambeau Fields, the worst sports coach in history. When he is hired to coach a team called The Comebacks, he manages to kick off all the good players and recruit the most inept team in history. The movie proceeds to spoof some recent and popular sports movies, from Invincible to Stick It. I've never been a fan of Koechner, and The Comebacks only supports my theory that the funnier he thinks he is, the more people give themselves lobotomies.
Tom Brady's film is as consistently unfunny as his more popular counterpart is at throwing touchdown passes to Randy Moss. There are one or two parts that evoked a single chuckle, but those moments were simply funny in relative terms. The best parts were shown in the previews, and even those scenes aren't very funny.
The only thing going for it is that it is more tolerable than the recent string of crapfest spoofs such as Date Movie and Epic Movie. It isn't nearly as absurd or toilet-oriented, which is good or bad depending on how you look at it. The Fill-in-the-blank Movies are absolutely terrible, but evoke a few laughs from being ridiculously crude. You have enough incredibly disastrous jokes and one or two are bound to get through. With The Comebacks, you get a more focused spoof, but a bunch of bland jokes rather than hit-or-miss jokes. If I were to die and go to Hell, I'd choose to watch The Comebacks over and over again rather than Date Movie, but that's not saying much.
The Comebacks marginally succeeds in being better than other spoof movies of late, but it is still a terrible movie that is nearly impossible to sit through. I wouldn't bother.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.