The Comebacks

The Comebacks

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Tom Brady
Produced by Adam F. Goldberg
Robert L. Levy
Andrew Panay
Peter Abrams
Screenplay by Ed Yeager
Joey Gutierrez
Story by John Aboud
Michael Colton
Adam Jay Epstein
Andrew Jacobson
Starring David Koechner
Carl Weathers
Melora Hardin
Brooke Nevin
Andy Dick
Robert Ri'chard
Noureen DeWulf
Matthew Lawrence
Nick Searcy
Narrated by Carl Weathers
Music by Christopher Lennertz
Cinematography Anthony B. Richmond
Edited by Alan Edward Bell
Tapestry Films
Distributed by Fox Atomic
Release dates
  • October 19, 2007 (2007-10-19)
Running time
84 minutes
107 minutes (unrated version)
Country United States
Language English
Budget $20 million
Box office $13,539,154

The Comebacks is a 2007 American satirical comedy film directed by Tom Brady. This film is a parody of the clichés and plots of the sports film genre. In the UK, Greece, Finland, Australia and New Zealand this film is called Sports Movie. The movie was released into theaters on October 19, 2007.


Coach Lambeau Fields (David Koechner) is pathetic. He has the distinction of being the worst coach in the history of sports anyone can recall. A loser of enormous proportions, the incompetent and seemingly hopeless coach is convinced by fellow coach Freddie Wiseman (Carl Weathers) to return to the field for one last shot. Assuring his long suffering wife, Barb (Melora Hardin), that he will not ignore his family, Coach moves them to Plainfolk, Texas where he hopes to redeem himself and his reputation. Here he begins yet another attempt to improve his abysmal record - this time as the coach of the football team at Heartland State University. But he is saddled with a team of misfits - most of whom don't know the difference between a line of scrimmage and a line at the cafeteria.

Although the team and townsfolk are leery of the newcomer's approach, the Coach uses his unorthodox methods to whip this group of rag-tags into shape - both on and off the field. While the audience follows their winding road to the playoffs, the film pokes fun at the clichés and conventions of other sports flicks. The team does make progress, so much so that they actually make it to the South-Southwest Conference Championship at the 2nd Annual Toilet Bowl.

Facing their fiercest opponents yet and yearning to win the big game, The Comebacks face off with the Lone Star State Unbeatables. And as every great sports team has always done, The Comebacks use ingenuity and unorthodox measures in the final showdown where the best team win. The Comebacks are victorious, but Lambeau is subsequently knocked down in a surprise attack by a bus with Freddie driving it, who laughs manically as Lambeau is in pain. Lambeau groans in agony.



Films Parodied


The film received generally negative reviews. On Metacritic, it received a 25/100 meaning "Generally Negative Reviews". On Rotten Tomatoes, it was rated a "rotten" 9%.

Box office

The Comebacks had an opening weekend of $5,554,594 at #5. At the end of its box office run, it grossed $13,349,927 domestically and $139,173 in foreign countries. About $7,000,000 shy of the movie's budget.[1]


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