Phil Weston (Will Ferrell) is a mild-mannered soccer dad, the kind who really believes all that PC crap about how it’s not whether you win or lose — until the day he takes on the job of coaching his son’s team. As he gets swept up in the lust for victory at any cost, it’s only a matter of time before all Ferrell breaks loose.
”This movie has touches of The Great Santini meets The Bad News Bears,” says Ferrell — the Santini part being supplied by Robert Duvall’s turn as Phil’s tyrannical father, Buck. Ferrell, who himself played soccer throughout his childhood until switching to basketball in high school (”because kids actually went to basketball games”), came up with the original idea along with his manager, Jimmy Miller. ”The kernel of it consisted of me getting to yell at children, because that’s always good fun,” he explains, adding, ”This is a PG family movie, but it’s still got a little bit of an edge to it.” How much of an edge? ”When Phil’s really at the height of his insanity, he suggests things like ‘Break people’s clavicles, but don’t get caught,”’ Ferrell says. ”Which, of course, is terrible — but fun.” Hey, however you get your kicks.