Semi-Pro
Semi-Pro
R | 28 February 2008 (USA)
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Jackie Moon is the owner, promoter, coach, and star player of the Flint Michigan Tropics of the American Basketball Association (ABA). In 1976 before the ABA collapses, the National Basketball Association (NBA) plans to merge with the best teams of the ABA at the end of the season. Only the top four teams will make the move and the worst teams will fold. The Tropics are the worst team in the league and if they want to make it to the NBA, Jackie Moon must rally his team and start winning. The only problem is the fact that Jackie Moon is not really the coach and star basketball player he thinks he is. To keep his team from oblivion and leave his mark in the city, Jackie Moon must inspire his team to win fourth place in the playoffs.

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Lawbolisted

Powerful

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Fluentiama

Perfect cast and a good story

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Raymond Sierra

The film may be flawed, but its message is not.

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Cristal

The movie really just wants to entertain people.

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bowmanblue

I always find that Will Ferrell's films can be a little hit and miss. He's either funny, or he tries a little too hard to be funny. Luckily, in the case of 'Semi-Pro,' he's the former. The film is clearly his vehicle, so whether it works or not is largely down to him. Here he plays Jackie Moon – the owner, coach and player of a low league basketball team who are about to get disbanded, unless they can scrape fourth place in the league.For a start, you don't have to know or like basketball. I know nothing about it, but I enjoyed the film anyway. Yes, Ferrell is a little over the top here and there, but his performance never really borders on 'annoying.' It's not a long film, only an hour and a half, and most of it is packed with gags (all pretty adult in nature) and the majority of those work.There are minor plot lines, but they're all secondary to Ferrell. Most other characters are only there to tee up Ferrell for him to deliver the punch line. Woody Harrelson is about the second most important character and he has a little more screen time. He's totally functional too, but Semi-Pro is still Ferrell's baby.Basically, Semi-Pro won't win any awards. It's daft, loud and dumb, but ultimately very watchable if you're in the mood for a film like that.Just beware of escaped bears!

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Prismark10

Jackie Moon (Will Ferrell) is a singer who had one hit with a crude disco song that made enough money for him to purchase a Basketball team in Michigan. Moon is the coach, player, owner, announcer in this struggling team in the ABA. He is reducing to pulling stunts to attract the crowds and his only hope that a merger of the ABA with the NBA will save him.The film has a nice 1970s setting and the merger of the ABA and NBA is based on fact. However the film flops as a comedy as the laughs are few and far between. In fact I only found the bear wrestling scene with Kristen Wiig raised a laugh with me. Even the announcer scenes were largely predictable.Like other Ferrell comedies the premise of the movie is absurd, the characters in the film are not well drawn and its main failing is that there was no comedy in the script.

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TopperHarley29

I enjoy most of Will Ferrell's movies, so I had pretty high expectations, but unfortunately it was disappointing just like Blades of Glory. The jokes were awful. I find Will Ferrell funny most of the time, but this time it's like someone sucked the funny out of him. I was 11 when I saw this, so I didn't know who Woody Harrelson was, but even he couldn't save this film. I'm glad he redeemed himself in Zombieland. I didn't even watch the whole thing. I stopped watched after Woody Harrelson punched Will Ferrell in the stomach and threw up. Blades of Glory is an overrated film IMO, but even that had a couple of funny parts. This had no funny parts. It also had too much swearing. I never minded swearing in movies, but it was just there for the sake of a R rating. Adding swear words in the script does not make it funny. This review seems to be getting long, so I will just say that this is not just the worst Will Ferrell movie I've seen, but it's also the worst movie I've seen.

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KineticSeoul

For a few minutes into it, I thought it was going to be at least better than "Blades of Glory" but I was wrong. This was just stupid without the humor in it, it seems to try overly hard in order to be funny...But it just isn't. Will Ferrell just acts like a obnoxious idiot that is cocky, in another words it's the same acting he played in many other roles in his past. His past movies were okay, but it seems like they aren't trying any more and just put Will Ferrell in a sports movie thinking he is going to carry the film, but it just doesn't work. And like many of his other roles he does random stuff to be funny, except this time they over do it a lot. First half was okay and than it's just plain boring. Rental at best.4.3/10

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