Prime Video has released the official trailer HERE for The Underdoggs, the forthcoming comedy starring Snoop Dogg and Mike Epps. I was invited to the premiere event at a local theatre in Chicago. Read the details about the movie and my personal review, below:
About The Film:
Jaycen “Two Js” Jennings (Snoop Dogg) is a washed-up ex-professional football star who has hit rock bottom. When Jaycen is sentenced to community service coaching the Underdoggs, an unruly pee-wee football team in his hometown of Long Beach, California, he sees it as an opportunity to rebuild his public image and turn his life around. As Jaycen works to transform the foul-mouthed Underdoggs into top-notch champions, he reconnects with his past, including an old flame and few of his ex-teammates and rediscovers his love of the game.
The Cast Includes: Snoop Dogg, Tika Sumpter, Mike Epps & More!
My Review Of The Film:
I absolutely loved “The Underdoggs,” featuring the incredible Mike Epps and Snoop Dogg. The film’s protagonist, Jaycen “Two Js” Jennings, brought to life by the charismatic Snoop Dogg, takes us on a rollercoaster of emotions. Watching Jaycen, a former football star at his lowest, turn his life around through coaching the Underdoggs was both hilarious and heartwarming. The humor is spot-on, and the storyline, centered around the transformation of the unruly pee-wee football team, is nothing short of brilliant. Snoop Dogg’s portrayal is both endearing and entertaining, making it impossible not to root for Jaycen’s redemption. The movie successfully blends nostalgia, laughter, and a captivating narrative, making it a definite crowd-pleaser. If you’re a fan of feel-good comedies with a sprinkle of R-rated humor, “The Underdoggs” is a must-see. I wholeheartedly recommend it for a night filled with laughter and enjoyment!
How The Film Came About
The idea for the film was pitched by Snoop Dogg and Constance Schwartz-Morini. On August 2, 2022, it was announced that Snoop Dogg would star in and produce the film, to be directed by Charles Stone III, with the screenplay by Danny Segal and Isaac Schamis, produced by Schwartz-Morini, Kenya Barris, Mychelle Deschamps, and Jonathan Glickman. On October 4, 2022, it was announced that Tika Sumpter, Mike Epps, Andrew Schulz, and George Lopez had joined the cast, alongside child actors Jonigan Booth, Adam James Carrillo, Kylah Davila, Caleb Dixon, Alexander Michael Gordon, and Shamori Washington. Via Wikipedia
The Movie Is Based On Snoop Dogg’s Youth Football Team
In 2005, Snoop Dogg founded the Snoop Youth Football League for at-risk youth in Southern California. In 2018, it was claimed to be the largest youth football organization in Southern California, with 50 teams and more than 1,500 players. He has since claimed that at least 20 of his former pupils have gone on to play with the NFL. Since 2017, he has also run a special-needs division called Snoop Special Stars for anyone 5 years or older with a physical, mental, or developmental disability.
Snoop Dogg partners with city officials and annually gives away turkeys to the less fortunate in Inglewood, California, at Thanksgiving. He gave away 3000 turkeys in 2016. Broadus was also a judge for the 7th annual Independent Music Awards to support independent artists’ careers.
Although Snoop has donated and raised millions of dollars for charitable causes over the years, it is difficult to ascertain the full extent of Snoop’s charitable giving, as he is wary that his donations and charitable causes might be seen as publicity stunts for his own image. For example, regarding Snoop Special Stars, he said on LL Cool J’s Rock the Bells Radio that he avoided being in videos and photos at first—due to this apprehension—but he acquiesced once he saw the joy the kids and parents were getting by taking photos together. Some other known causes that he supports include Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Mothers Against Police Brutality, Habitat for Humanity, Orca Network, Save a Life Foundation, Shriners Hospitals for Children, and The Healing Circle. Via Wikipedia