Picks and Pans Review: Rebound

updated 07/11/2005 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/11/2005 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Martin Lawrence, Megan Mullally


You could write this one in your sleep, and Rebound's two screenwriters (plus three extra fellows credited with devising the story) appear to have done exactly that. Movies don't come more generic than this comedy about a bellicose ex-college basketball coach (Lawrence) who finds his humanity when forced to instruct a ragtag kiddie team. It sloppily dribbles in a path well worn by The Bad News Bears (a remake of the 1976 original is due out July 22), The Mighty Ducks and this May's Kicking & Screaming.

That said, young and less jaded viewers will likely find Rebound amusing and, yes, even moving when its motley losers begin to score baskets and win games. Lawrence mugs his way through the film, yelling and making faces. As the beautiful single mom of his star player, Wendy Raquel Robinson is stuck being spunky. Playing the school's frazzled principal, Mullally hustles to bring comic zing to her few scenes and has the good fortune to disappear completely halfway through the picture. (PG)

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