Will Ferrell has become the most unlikely embodiment of wholesome family fun
since Fred MacMurray gave up film noir for My Three Sons. Here, he plays
emasculated Illinois WASP Phil Weston, who squares off with his hypercompetitive
father, Buck (Duvall), via the forum of Little League soccer. Phil becomes a
coffee-fueled jerk obsessed with winning; what keeps the movie scoring is its
unwavering commitment to teaching all the wrong moral lessons. That, along with
the impeccable comic timing of Chicago Bears legend Mike Ditka (he even holds
his own against Duvall!), is what really gives this movie some kick.