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My Dad's A Soccer Mom
I am a bit of a soccer person, so whenever someone tells me that they have a movie that is kind of like if Kicking and Screaming and Tooth Fairy had a kid (with a dusting of Mr. Mom), I cannot help but throw caution to the wind and go full bore into it, even if the cast is wonton and the production values are laughable. But I'll do it, whether it is a straight to television (on a network I do not recognize immediately) or not. I give you My Dad is a Soccer Mom.
The film was seen on something called "Up TV," short for Uplifting Entertainment. The soccer mom-dad in this equation is Marion ‘Mad Dog' Casey, who plays for a football team in Atlanta, designed to be like the National Football League, but also silly enough that they do not put in much of the effort to look anything like a feasible faux-NFL franchise. The team stinks, and Mad Dog has found out the team will not renew his contract. Mad Dog tries to find a new team but is unable to do so, and in the meantime, his wife Holly (Wendy Raquel Jackson, Miss Congeniality) talks to him and suggests that perhaps they switch roles and that she become the first female professional football player.
Wait, I read that wrong. Holly wants to be an interior designer, and Mad Dog's inactivity and futility in finding a new team gives her the suggestion that he watch the family, specifically their daughter Lacy (Skai Jackson) while she seeks her dream out. It is a rough adjustment for Mad Dog initially, but he eventually finds out that, unbeknownst to her, Lacy can play some soccer, so he throws himself into supporting Lacy and her team, and discovering that being a Dad may be better than being a famous football player.
Mad Dog is played by Lester Speight, who many will recognize as Office Linebacker Terry Tate in the series of ads for Reebok from 2003. As Mad Dog, he seems to be doing a Terry Tate derivative, but with some emotional depth that is moderately endearing for those new to viewing. His scenes with Jackson are decent, and as Mad Dog gets more engrained into the youth/bumblebee soccer dynamic, one of the parents of a teammate of Lacy's is Tracey Gold. Remember Tracey Gold, of Growing Pains? She's here, and provides an understated and adequate amount of substance to the film. And because Mad Dog was a football player, former football players Adalius Thomas, Dorsey Levens and Terrell Owens himself appear.
I mean, as far as soccer movies go, MY DAD IS A SOCCER MOM is less about actual soccer and more about the relationships between father and daughter, husband and wife, that kind of stuff. It's perfectly acceptable viewing for a straight to television network that few have heard of, and you are liable to find few films about switching circumstances for a character that appears on a (presumably) regional television channel that are better. It's average without upsetting the apple cart in almost every way.The Disc:
1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen for My Dad is a Soccer Mom, which was not much of a surprise. The disc tends to lean towards the bright side in terms of lighting and visuals, and colors lack any notable vivid quality to them. If this was shot recently you could barely notice it.The Sound:
The disc is listed as having a Dolby Digital 5.1 surround track, but the only track on the disc was a two-channel stereo mix. Once you get past that, the audio is fine, though a little inconsistent when it comes to dialogue. It's normal television material, not much to complain about.Extras:
Zippy skippy.Final Thoughts:
If one is looking for wholesome fun, My Dad is a Soccer Mom covers a couple of different areas in that regard. Technically it is quite obviously a disappointment, regardless of whether it has any extra features or not. If you have kids up to second or third grade this is good, otherwise I would skip it.