The Game Plan

  • Directors: Andy Fickman
  • Producers: Mark Ciardi, Gordon Gray
  • Writers: Nichole Millard, Kathryn Price, Audrey Wells
  • Genres: Comedy, Family, Sport
  • Actors: Dwayne Johnson, Madison Pettis, Kyra Sedgwick, Morris Chestnut

The last game of the regular football season between the Boston Rebels and the New York Dukes ends in a touchdown by Rebels quarterback Joe Kingman after he runs it into the end zone, ignoring an open wide receiver, Sanders. The next morning, Kingman gets a surprise when an eight year-old girl named Peyton Kelly shows up at his doorstep saying that she is his daughter and that her mother sent her here to meet him. Kingman’s agent, Stella Peck thinks this will be bad for his image, and distracts him with the upcoming playoffs.

At the opening of Kingman’s restaurant, he leaves without Peyton, and the next morning is on cover of a tabloid in a magazine article. As a result, Peck decides Kingman needs a new fatherly image. While at a press conference, the reporters attempt to make Kingman look miserable, until Peyton starts speaking and says that he is new to this and is trying the best he can, and that she thinks he is the best father in the world. To pay her back for clearing his image at the press conference, Peyton has Kingman take her to a ballet academy run by Monique Vasquez. Vasquez has Kingman join their ballet performance to show him that ballet takes just as much athletic ability as football. Kingman and Peyton begin their relationship after Peyton calls his arrogant and selfish behavior to his attention. Kingman takes Peyton and her friends to the mall where he begins to get along with Vasquez.

However, he is surprised to discover that Peyton has arrived with Karen. Peyton tells him to never give up. Near the end of the fourth quarter, Kingman passes the ball to the running back, Webber, who gains positive yardage but fails to get out of bounds so the clock continues to run. Kingman rushes to call a final play and successfully does so. With no time left on the clock he scrambles for a few yards but as he is being hit he throws a lob pass to Sanders who catches the pass, and the Rebels win their first championship. When being interviewed after the game, Joe announces that he will take his daughter home, thus ignoring the endorsement with Fanny’s Burgers, saying that he would rather stay with Peyton. The film ends with Kingman, Peyton, and Vasquez dancing together in Kingman’s apartment.

George of the Jungle

  • Directors: Sam Weisman
  • Producers: David Hoberman, Jordan Kerner, Jon Avnet
  • Writers: Dana Olsen, Audrey Wells
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Romance
  • Actors: Brendan Fraser, Leslie Mann, Thomas Haden Church, Holland Taylor, and John Cleese

Ursula Stanhope (Leslie Mann) is a beautiful, blonde San Francisco heiress, reluctantly engaged to marry Lyle Van De Groot (Thomas Haden Church), who seems more attached to his fiancee’s wealth than to her. On an expedition to Central Africa, joined by Lyle, two poachers hired by Lyle named Max and Thor, and a quarter of African men led by Mr. Kwame, Ursula learns of the legend of the “White Ape” from Mr. Kwame. The legend describes of the ape as a super strong man who rules the jungles of Africa. The group discover the Ape Mountain where the White Ape lives. Lyle causes trouble for Ursula and her porters, one of them falling off a rope bridge when Lyle shakes it about and he then abandons Ursula when the two are attacked by a lion. Ursula is saved by the White Ape, revealed to be a Tarzan-like man named George (Brendan Fraser). George takes her to his treehouse home where the rest of his family lives – an intelligent talking ape named Ape (John Cleese); Shep, George’s pet “dog”, really an African elephant; Tookie Bird, a toucan; and Little Monkey, a small monkey. George has a habit of crashing into trees while vine-swinging and is rather childish. He falls in love with Ursula, attempting to impress her like a gorilla but when this fails, he instead dances with her around a campfire.

After admitting they love each other, George and Ursula are married in a lavish jungle celebration and eventually have a son named George Jr. George helds Jr. at the top of the pride rock, and all the animals are gathered there to see him, similar to The Lion King, where Rafiki held Simba. Ape travels to Las Vegas, Nevada where he becomes a performer, and the final scenes show him using Max and Thor as stage props in his program.

Shall We Dance

  • Directors: Peter Chelsom
  • Producers: Simon Fields, Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein
  • Writers: Masayuki Suo title Shall We Dance original screenplay, Audrey Wells
  • Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance
  • Actors: Richard Gere, Jennifer Lopez, Susan Sarandon, Lisa Ann Walter, Stanley Tucci

John Clark (Richard Gere) is a lawyer with a charming wife and a loving family, who nevertheless feels that something is missing as he makes his way every day through the city. Each evening on his commute home through Chicago, John sees a beautiful woman staring with a lost expression through the window of a dance studio. Haunted by her gaze, John impulsively jumps off the train one night, and signs up for ballroom dancing lessons, hoping to meet her. At first, it seems like a mistake. His teacher turns out to be not Paulina (Jennifer Lopez), but the older Miss Mitzi (Anita Gillette), and John proves just as clumsy as his equally clueless classmates on the dance-floor. Even worse, when he does meet Paulina, she icily tells John she hopes he has come to the studio to seriously study dance and not to look for a date. But, as his lessons continue, John falls in love with dancing. Keeping his new obsession from his family and co-workers, John feverishly trains for Chicago’s biggest dance competition. His friendship with Paulina blossoms, as his enthusiasm rekindles her own lost passion for dance. But the more time John spends away from home, the more his wife Beverly (Susan Sarandon) becomes suspicious. With his secret about to be revealed, John has to do some fancy footwork to keep his dream going and realize what it is he really yearns for.