On Tuesday, Netflix dropped a trailer for a film called Home Team, which appears to chronicle New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton’s year away from the NFL due to a suspension in which he worked as an assistant coach for his son’s sixth-grade football team.
That’d be all well and good except for the fact that the film stars Kevin James as Payton, which is certainly a choice.
Kevin James and Taylor Lautner partner up for HOME TEAM, based on the true story of New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton.
Taking the field January 28. 🏈 pic.twitter.com/c5AKM413OC
— NetflixFilm (@NetflixFilm) December 14, 2021
Not only is James starring at Payton, whom he only vaguely resembles and only when sitting down behind a desk, but the film comes from the Happy Madison production team, which means it’s going to have a very specific brand of humor. Though it’s not as if you couldn’t tell by the inclusion of Rob Schneider and some excessive gross-out gags.
you know the "Kevin James plays Sean Payton" movie is good because the trailer ends with an extended "kids explosively vomiting" sequence
not only does the movie have an explosive vomit scene, the people who made the movie think the explosive vomit scene is one of the best parts pic.twitter.com/1cJ01Ob9ae
— Rodger Sherman (@rodger) December 14, 2021
Don’t expect the film to be a hard-hitting expose of the BountyGate scandal. Instead, it promises to be a family film that is made confusing by its references to actual people, NFL franchises, and a real-world story that’s infinitely darker and more interesting than whatever this has ended up becoming.
While we wait for the film to hit Netflix on January 28, the reaction on social media to seeing Sean Payton portrayed by Kevin James, as well as seeing BountyGate turned into a light-hearted romp, was certainly animated.
exec: we're making a movie about you
me: what's the bad news
me: …who's playing me
me: WHO IS PLAYING ME https://t.co/f1KmMeGa2f
— BUM CHILLUPS AKA SPENCER HALL (@edsbs) December 14, 2021
— Spike Friedman (@SpikeFriedman) December 14, 2021
this is a looser based on a real story than paranormal activity https://t.co/D57mm31ZG5
— dylan sanders (@DillySanders) December 14, 2021
Sean Payton finally gets to finish serving his BountyGate punishment, by having Kevin James play him in an NFL-funded Netflix comedy about his year-long suspension. https://t.co/zHDFo9ClDQ
— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) December 14, 2021
Every time I saw Kevin James' face in this trailer I was annoyed, so I think he nailed it https://t.co/UfcEv1lGme
— The Falcoholic (@TheFalcoholic) December 14, 2021
they made Kidz Bop Bountygate I'm crying https://t.co/ZtSMckEGjr
— Mike Golic Jr (@mikegolicjr) December 14, 2021
there's a lot to unpack here, but also having a punchline in the first 15 seconds of a woman who works for the team not knowing who roger goodell is was quite the choice https://t.co/8ptD1Dp4QH
— katherine fitzgerald (@kfitz134) December 14, 2021
We can only imagine what’s the reaction is going to be when Netflix puts out its SpyGate movie starring Adam Sandler as Bill Belichick.