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  • 2002
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Children's, Comedy, Sports

Light-hearted and predictable, this cornball family fare can serve as a video baby-sitter for very young athletes. Bounced from professional sports for illegal betting, "Party Boy" Henry Butler (Steve Guttenberg) avoids jail time with a public service stint in a foster home. Butler is hired as a handyman, and the mischievous kids, refugees from broken homes,...read more

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Light-hearted and predictable, this cornball family fare can serve as a video baby-sitter for very young athletes. Bounced from professional sports for illegal betting, "Party Boy" Henry Butler (Steve Guttenberg) avoids jail time with a public service stint in a foster home. Butler is hired as a handyman, and the mischievous kids, refugees from broken homes, immediately sense Butler's reluctance to help them and respond by playing pranks. Most of their mischief backfires on the institution's chef, Cookie (Michel Perron). A betting man himself, Cookie tempts Butler to pick up the nasty habit that ruined his reputation in the first place. Determined to remain detached, Butler initially resists efforts by house-mother, Karen Morgan (Sophie Lorain), to persuade him to become the boys' coach. But as he warms up to Morgan, Butler comes to realize that his won youthful rebelliousness is reflected in these troubled lads. Through Butler's expertise and caring, the bad luck boys develop confidence and, buoyed by sponsorship from a local funeral home, become a soccer team with a shot at victory. Their dreams are dashed when a fire destroys the residence and authorities plan to send the kids to different institutions. Can Butler keep his team together without resorting to gambling to raise funds for a new home? This innocuous fish-out-of-water comedy doles out redemptive homilies and combines equal parts slapstick and heart-tugging sentiment.

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  • Released: 2002
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: Light-hearted and predictable, this cornball family fare can serve as a video baby-sitter for very young athletes. Bounced from professional sports for illegal betting, "Party Boy" Henry Butler (Steve Guttenberg) avoids jail time with a public service stin… (more)

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