The Game Plan (film)

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The Game Plan is a 2007 film about a football quarterback whose life changes forever when an unknown 8-year-old daughter from a previous marriage arrives at his doorstep. It was released by Walt Disney Pictures.

Directed by Andy Fickman. Written by Nichole Millard, Kathryn Price, and Audrey Wells.
Joe Kingman had the perfect game plan to win the championship... but first, he has to tackle one little problem. (taglines)


Joe: Well, who are you here with?
Peyton: My father.
Joe: Well, you better go get him, because I'm sure he's looking for you.
Peyton: He's not looking for me.
Joe: How do you know?
Peyton: Because he's looking at me.
Joe: What?
Peyton: Hi, we've never met before, you were married to my mom, Sara. Sara Kelly. The name is Peyton, and I'm your daughter.

Joe: You need to be a mom to do this stuff.
Monique: I don't know about that. True, mothers are smarter, kinder, and better at just about everything...

Joe: [speaking with a very evident lisp] What did you put in those cookies?
Peyton: Um, milk, flour, eggs, and cinnamon.
Joe: Cinnamon?! I'm allergic to cinnamon!
Peyton: Sorry.
Joe: You're sorry? I'm talking like this and all you can say is you're sorry?
Peyton: I'm allergic to nuts.

[while having lunch at the Barking Crab]
Monique: [examines Peyton as she coughs] OK, she's sweating like crazy, she's coughing, and her lips are swelling.
Joe: Oh, come on. Don't fall for that. She's a little world-class performer.
Monique: I don't think she's acting right now, OK? Give me 1 second. [to Peyton] Are you allergic to something?
Peyton: Nuts.
Monique: [to Joe, showing him Peyton's dessert] Did you know that?
Joe: (Did I know what?)
Monique: The dessert has nuts. Take her to the hospital, come on.
[Joe looks shocked as he lifts Peyton to his shoulder, carrying her]
Joe: Hospital. Where's the nearest hospital?
Monique: Ninth and Woodrow. I'll get the car. [Joe runs off] Hey, where are you going? What are you doing?
Joe: [pushing bystanders out of his way] Move! Move! Move! Move!
Man: [offscreen] Excuse me, sir.
[Joe runs across a bridge, through a traffic jam, then reaches the hospital with Peyton]
Joe: Help, help! My daughter needs help! Help!
Emergency Room Doctor: [approaching Joe, followed by his friends] What do we got here?
Joe: Help. She's allergic. She can't breathe. She's allergic to nuts.
[one of the doctors takes Peyton and sets her on a wheeled hospital bed]
Emergency Room Doctor: Looks like an anaphylactic reaction. Set her down.
Joe: She can't breathe.
Emergency Room Doctor: Baby. Baby, open up your mouth. [uses a flashlight to look inside Peyton's mouth] Airway's almost close. Let's move her. 10 liters non-rebreather mask.
[as the other doctors wheel Peyton away, one of them named Dr. Converse holds Joe back]
Joe: Peyton. Peyton. Peyton.
Other Doctors: [offscreen; barking orders]
Peyton: [offscreen; gasping]
Dr. Converse: I'll show you to the family waiting room. It's going to be fine. They're going to take care of her. She'll be OK.
[Joe, Monique, Webber and other adults sit in the family waiting room]
Dr. Converse: [entering with a clipboard] Peyton Kelly's father?
[the adults stand up]
Joe: [approaching Dr. Converse] I'm Peyton's dad.
Dr. Converse: Your daughter's responding well to the treatment. We're going to keep her overnight just to be sure, but she's going to be fine.
Joe: [sighing with relieved smile] Thank you so much. Thank you.
Dr. Converse: You were really, really lucky this time.
Webber: She's going to be alright.
Joe: Yeah.
Webber: OK.
[suddenly, a woman's voice is heard]
Woman: Please tell me Peyton's alright.
Joe: She's going to be… (Huh?)
[it's Sara's sister, Joe's ex-sister-in-law and Peyton's aunt/legal guardian, Karen]
Monique: She's going to be fine. The doctor says that she's going to be fine.
Karen: (Oh, right.) You're lucky I haven't called the police.
Joe: Karen?
Karen: I got home early, and I see you and Peyton. Your faces are plastered on the front of every magazine. I called Peyton 100 times yesterday, but she didn't answer. I flew out here, got off the plane, and I see all of this on the news.
Joe: Karen?
Karen: Is that all you can say for yourself is "Karen"?
Joe: I thought you were dead.
Karen: I can assure you, I'm not dead. How did you find her?
Joe: I didn't, she found me. Wait a minute, is Sara still in Africa?
Karen: She didn't tell you, did she?
[short pause]
Karen: Joe, Sara died in a car accident 6 months ago.
Joe: Oh, Peyton.

Joe: I'm going to take my daughter home.
Peyton: Daddy, you won the championship!
Joe: Aw, Peyton, I won much more than that.


  • Joe Kingman had the perfect game plan to win the championship... but first, he has to tackle one little problem.


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