My Dad’s a Soccer Mom plays to a stereotype of loud-mouth narcissistic Black professional athletes. When Lester Speight is the star, it’s hard to tell any other story. An NFL linebacker whose contract is not renewed, he ends up playing stay-at-home Dad to his 10 yo daughter.
So this is not really a soccer film. In fact, soccer isn’t even mentioned until halfway through the movie. It’s really about the Dad transitioning from absentee father to Soccer Mom role model, learning to braid hair and fix healthy snacks. Zzzz.
Writer Rhonda Freeman-Baraka (aka Rhonda Baraka) has created a portfolio of movies for UPTV (Uplifting Entertainment) and other family channels. UPTV used to be called GMC (Gospel Movie Channel) and broadcasts Christian content, with a specialty in Christmas films. Baraka’s preference is to tell uplifting stories that show Black families with quality characters. That’s probably why she does not highlight My Dad’s a Soccer Mom on her website.
Lester Speight came to fame as the Office Linebacker in Reebok ads. It was interesting to learn that the ads originated with a couple of guys who sold Reebok on the idea a year or two after filming them. They became the most popular Superbowl ads ever. Mr. Speight is over 50 yo and has gained about 50 pounds since those ads though. It was hard to accept him as Soccer Dad as opposed to Soccer GrandDad.
SoccerMovieMom Rating = 5