did you read the headline? it says "formulaic." this is a word that means "following a formula." for example, the usual female romcom formula that a woman, or the right existential predicament, can turn a sloppy and feckless romantic partner male into a moral hero. where is there a woman who doesn't believe that? well, there's my wife of 30+ years (because she has me to deal with) but other than that ... let's do a poll! ladies! do you think any man can be made into a better human being if you just put him in the right challenging situation? say, a compulsive gambler who is compelled in order to pay off his gamling debts to coach a baseball team of doughtly black kids in disenfranchised economic circumstances? raise your hands if you say "yes"! look at all those hands! ladies, we love you for your infinite confidence that the male half of humanity can be redeemed. now, how many of you ladies found this film enjoyable, watchable, believable, worthy of your time? oh, come on -- any? nobody? really ... nobody?