Home Team - Coming Soon to Netflix

Home Team (L-R) Jacob Perez as Marcos, Taylor Lautner as Troy Lambert, Christopher Farrar as Jason, Kevin James as Sean Payton,

Kids and adults alike look like they're in for a treat in January when Netflix releases another family film - Home Team.  Home Team follows NFL coach Sean Payton during a one-year suspension from the league, where he leaves the New Orleans Saints sidelines and returns home.  Starring Kevin James and Taylor Lautner, this movie is full of familiar faces.  Take a look at the trailer below:


When I first heard about this trailer, I had no idea that it was going to be Kevin James playing Sean Payton.  It doesn't sound right at first, but I kind of like the way it works in the trailer.  The trailer also made me do a little quick research - wait, is this a "true story?"  It seems so - at least loosely!  Some quick "googling" shows that in fact Payton did go back to his hometown and coach his son's football team during that year suspension.  Now, I'm sure some of the comical moments in the film may be more Happy Madison production additions rather than real life, but the skeleton of the story has some truth to it.

Home Team (L-R) Rob Schneider as Jamie, Kevin James as Sean Payton, Jackie Sandler as Beth, Tait Blum as Connor. Cr. Patti Perre

I watched the trailer with my 9-year-old, football loving son and he really enjoyed it.  I think it looks like a funny family comedy, but have to admit that I'm a little curious to see how they explain the reason's for Payton's suspension.  There were some pretty serious concerns that led to that suspension, so turning the year suspension into a family-friendly comedy is an interesting choice.  But if anyone can pull it off, I think Happy Madison Productions is just the team to do it.  They have a history of pushing some boundaries to make comedy work - but usually for an older crowd.  

We will definitely be checking out Home Team when it releases in January 2022 on Netflix.  

About Home Team (From Netflix)

Home Team - Key Art - Image from Netflix

Two years after a Super Bowl win when NFL head coach Sean Payton is suspended, he goes back to his hometown and finds himself reconnecting with his 12 year old son by coaching his Pop Warner football team.

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