By Gregory Kirschling
Updated August 29, 2008 at 04:00 AM EDT
Tracy Bennett

The most surprising thing about the inspirational sports movie The Longshots is not that there isn’t already an inspirational sports movie with that exact name. The big shock is that the director is Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst — and he doesn’t do half bad. Yes, the (true) story he’s working with — an unpopular girl (Keke Palmer), coached by her reformed ne’er-do-well uncle (Ice Cube), becomes a star middle-school quarterback — is hopelessly clichéd. And there’s no forgiving Durst for the touchdown dance set to ”Whoomp! (There It Is).” But he conveys a real feel for the depressed factory-town setting and elicits better-than-usual work out of Cube. B-