Home Team Review: Kevin James' film ignores Sean Payton's bountygate scandal
The Happy Madison deal with Netflix has come to an unusual halt in its history.
ADAM SANDLER'S COMPANY OFTEN ALTERNATES STAR VEHICLES LIKE "HUBIE HALLOWEEN" WITH BFF
VEHICLES LIKE DAVID SPADE OR KEVIN JAMES. IN “HOME TEAM,” A TONE-DEAF DRAMEDY THAT IS
ALLEGEDLY BASED ON THE TRUE STOREY OF SEAN PAYTON'S SUSPENDED YEAR AFTER BOUNTYGATE, THAT
WOULD IMPLY THAT THERE IS A SINGLE MANIPULATIVE BEAT OF THIS MOVIE THAT FEELS “TRUE.” I DON'T JUDGE
A FILM BY ITS PREMISE—ALWAYS IT'S ABOUT THE EXECUTION. BUT TURNING ONE OF THE
NFL'S MOST INFAMOUS SCANDALS INTO A FAMILY FILM ABOUT RE-DISCOVERING FOOTBALL
CHALLENGES THIS BELIEF. COULD THIS NARRATIVE START LEAD TO A GOOD FILM? MAYBE, BUT IT'S NOT
"HOME TEAM," WHICH STARTS WITH A BAD TASTE IN YOUR MOUTH AND GETS WORSE.