By: Melvin Walls
In the realm of sports movies, “The Underdoggs” attempts to blend comedy with heartfelt moments, but ultimately falls short due to its problematic execution. At the center of the story is Jaycen “Two Js” Jennings, portrayed by the iconic (Snoop Dogg), a former NFL star whose arrogance and bad attitude overshadowed his talent. Now relegated to obscurity in a mansion, Two Js finds himself in need of redemption after a viral moment leads to a community service sentence picking trash up at his previous old stomping grounds, but soon gets a brilliant idea and starts coaching a struggling peewee football team.
Initially motivated by self-interest and the prospect of rekindling a romance, Two Js reluctantly takes on the coaching role. Alongside him is Kareem, played by (Mike Epps), whose influence mirrors Two Js’ negative traits. Despite their questionable behavior, both characters transform later in the script and appeal to younger audiences with their comedic humor.
However, this film struggles to strike a balance between humor, seriousness, and genuine emotion. The script is saturated with toxicity, making it challenging to find moments of authentic connections that resonate with the audiences and the more conservative viewers. While fans of (Snoop Dogg) and (Mike Epps) may find some amusement, “The Underdoggs” fails to deliver a cohesive narrative that resonates beyond surface-level entertainment.
One of the film’s biggest drawbacks is its portrayal of young football players between the ages of 11 and 14, who are depicted as overly sexualized black talent despite their age. While this may reflect reality to some extent, the distasteful humor detracts from the overall viewing experience, leaving a sense of discomfort rather than amusement.
In conclusion, “The Underdoggs” earns a lukewarm rating of 5.5 out of 10 in my subjective opinion. While it has its moments of laughter, it falls short of being a worthwhile investment of time and money. Viewers are advised to wait for a more compelling cinematic Oscar nomination prospect rather than rushing to see this mediocre production unless it’s some background noise while cleaning or cooking on a weekend.