Film / The Game Plan
Movie featuring Dwayne Johnson as an American football star, whose entire way of life gets turned on its head when the daughter he's never known (Madison Pettis) comes to live with him.

This film is an example of:

  • Action-Hero Babysitter: The Rock as a football player unexpectedly having to raise a ballerina daughter.
  • Actor Allusion: This time he plays football.
  • Chekhov's Gun: When Joe says he's allergic to cinnamon, Peyton says she's allergic to nuts. She accidentally ingests nuts in a dessert, which provides the impetus for the film's final act.
  • Children Raise You
  • Distracted by the Sexy: The ballet instructor can be seen to get rather flustered by Kingman's physique during ballet training while he's not looking.
  • Down to the Last Play: What else? It's a family film including sports after all.
  • Dumb Blonde: The nanny they first hire is quite ditzy.
  • Every Year They Fizzle Out: Joe is by far the most famous and popular footballer, yet he's never actually won the championship.
  • Everybody Is Single: Except for Sanders, and he's initially teased for going home early to his wife and kids.
  • Fictional Pinball Game/Personal Arcade: Kingman has a "Kingman" pinball gamenote  in his apartment.
  • Glorified Sperm Donor: Joe. To be fair though he didn't actually know he had a daughter until she showed up on his doorstep.
  • I'm Going to Disney World: Part of a subplot in the movie.
  • Ironic Echo: "Looks like someone lost their man card."
    • "'Stupid' is a mean word!"
  • Jerk Jock: Kingman starts off as a professional version of this, although he eventually softens up.
  • Luke, You Are My Father
  • Manly Tears: After Peyton gets taken back by Karen, Kingman cries after finding a letter from Peyton's mother, who he just learned had died six months prior.
  • Meaningful Name: Hmm a football movie with a character named Peyton...One can only wonder if she was born on the 18th
  • Parental Abandonment: Peyton grows up without her dad.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Joe and Peyton's ballet recital.
  • Red Herring: When Payton was being interrogated by Joe and his manager about her legal guardian (as Payton stated her mom Sara was in Africa), Joe thought of Karen, Sara's sister. Payton stated that she has passed away. Then we see later on that Payton has been contacting with an adult female in Africa who she was close to, which is her mother. Or at least, that's what the movie is trying to lead with the audience. Turns out, Payton lied. The woman was Karen, Sara's sister, and Sara had died from an accident.
  • Scary Black Man: Subverted. The Scary Black Football Player first scares Peyton, but then is later seen giving her high fives and cries during the ballet recital.
  • Sink-or-Swim Fatherhood
  • Speech Impediment: Kingman gets one after Peyton gives him a cookie with cinnamon. He's allergic to cinnamon, and it makes his tongue swell up. Hilarity Ensues.
  • The Cast Showoff: The Rock is quite the singer/guitarist/ ballet dancer.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: Between Kingman and Peyton's ballet instructor.