Snoop Dogg Says It Hurt Him to Cuss Out Kids in 'The Underdoggs'

In the upcoming R-rated sports comedy, Snoop Dogg leads a ragtag team of kids through a profanity-laden, laughter-filled journey, revealing a more profound message of redemption and belief in oneself.

There’s an unusual, slightly unsettling disclaimer at the beginning of the new inspirational sports comedy flick The Underdoggs: “The following movie is rated R for language that might not be suitable for children. But f-- all that. Y’all know..the kids who aren’t supposed to be watching this s--t curse more than the rest of us motherf----rs.” 

That warning isn’t in vain. Though The Underdoggs is a heartwarming tale about the power of believing in yourself -- or, more to the point, believing in a ragtag group of kids on a losing football team -- there is a lot of profanity in the movie. Like, a whole lot. The B-word, f-bombs, and a hundred different variations of it; N-words, the nicknames for body parts you don’t say in front of your grandmother––it’s all there in abundance, coming as much from the kids’ mouths as from the adults. All the profanity makes for a hilariously funny good time (assuming you’re not offended, that is). Though The Underdoggs’ lead, Snoop Dogg,is hardly known for keeping it PG, it might surprise you that even he felt some way when giving the kids in the movie the unbridled business. 

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“It looked like I was having fun doing it,” he tells, “but I hated doing that. That's not even me. When they said, ‘Cut!’ I'm like, ‘I can't believe I just talked to them kids like that! Let me go play with them or something.”,, Snoop’s on-screen love interest, confirms Snoop took great care to make The Underdoggs feel good when the cameras weren’t rolling. “He would have rap battles with them off camera,” she says. “He was so good with the kids.” 

Snoop’s sugary rapport with little ones shouldn’t be surprising: The Underdoggs is based on Snoop’s real-life association, The Snoop Youth Football League, founded in 2005. The Underdoggs has the D-O-double G playing a washed-up ex-pro football star, Jaycen Jennings, who is deep in a personal and professional crisis. After a public, messy screw-up, Jaycen gets sentenced to community service in his hometown of Long Beach, after that he sees an opportunity to coach a struggling team as an opportunity to help rebrand his raggedy image. Naturally, working with the kids becomes the best thing for both Jaycen and the team: he gets to impart some hard-earned wisdom, and they get the guidance and mentorship they’ve been lacking…even if it comes with a whole lotta foul-mouthed diatribes. Of course, seeing kids curse and adults cuss their little asses out is hardly unprecedented, but it’s still very funny nonetheless, and Snoop says the cursing directed at the kids has a bigger, deeper point. 

“I spoke their language,” he says of his character Jaycen and, to a degree, his own style with kids in his league, many of whom come from low-income neighborhoods or rough surroundings. “Anytime I can get down there and speak their language when it was time for me to coach, they’d be like, ‘Okay, I'm gonna listen to what he's saying, because he's one of us.’ How many times did you cuss as a kid and didn’t get caught?” 

Director Charles Stone III says finding kids who could swear was a tougher challenge than anticipated. “That was tricky,” he tells BET. “There were a large amount of parents who would not let their child audition. But the kids who showed up, it worked out brilliantly, you know, and the parents were fine with it. They understood the context.” 

That context is the message underneath the coarse language––context hinted at in the title. “You have to stay the course,” Stone says. “Even in the midst of tragedy, the midst of loss, not getting what you think you want, you gotta believe in yourself.” 

Snoop agrees and knows firsthand that, like the potty-mouth youngins in the movie, no kid is inherently “bad” or beyond redemption. “I think that any kid can be worked with,” he says. “It's a balance to it all.” 

The Underdoggs arrives on Prime Video on January 26.

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