Kevin James as Sean Payton is one of the oddest casting choices out there. Now, we have a full look at Kevin James with the first trailer for Home Team, a Netflix comedy loosely based on a true story.
The story is based on Sean Payton’s time away from the NFL in 2012 when he was suspended for one year after his role in bounty gate.
For those who don’t know, the bounty gate scandal was when players on the New Orleans Saints were allegedly being paid “bounties” if they were able to injure players on the opposing team.
However, Home Team doesn’t seem too concerned about the bounty gate scandal. This is more about Payton’s time off and how he served as an offensive coordinator for his son’s peewee team during this time.
Since he is an NFL coach, he is going to teach this underdog team how to fight like never before while also improving his own relationship with his son.
In addition to James, the cast includes Taylor Lautner, Rob Schneider, Jackie Sandler, Maxwell Simkins, Tait Blum, and Gary Valentine. Home Team is being co-directed by Charles Kinnane and Daniel Kinnane with a script from Christopher Titone and Keith Blum.
The film also comes from James’ Hey Eddie and Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison production companies.
This is made obvious in the trailer with some of the usual Sandler movie cast members like James, Schneider, and Jackie Sandler. Schneider seems to be doing his usual schtick where he plays an oddball side character.
This isn’t the first time Happy Madison has tackled a sports film as the company has produced sports comedies including The Longest Yard, The Benchwarmers, and Here Comes The Boom.
However, since this is based on a true story, there seems to be a more serious, emotional core at the center of this film that may balance out the typical over-the-top, goofiness that Happy Madison normally features.
This is also the ninth collaboration between Happy Madison and Netflix after the pair have worked on such films as Hubie Halloween, The Wrong Missy, Murder Mystery, The Week Of, The Do-Over, and The Ridiculous 6.
After seeing the trailer, it’s hard to believe that this is a real movie and not an SNL sketch but who knows? Maybe there’s more to this film than meets the eye, and we get a solid sports comedy about an NFL coach training an underdog team.