There was trailer before the film for Harold and Kumar: Escape from Guantonamo Bay, which actually made me laugh more than the entire film of Semi-Pro.
| Original Score: 2/5
No more can filmmakers get instant laughs with Pong, ascots, eight-tracks and lava lamps. It's just no longer funny. And for 95 percent of its running time, neither is Semi-Pro.
Jackie Moon is every other Will Ferrell character in John Stockton shorts.
| Original Score: 4/10
A comedy air ball.
Will Ferrell can be very funny. This is not one of those times. Tired and tawdry, this tedious misfire is a misjudgement on Ferrell's part, namely in terms of material.
The semifunny Semi-Pro is amiable enough, but you never feel there's much at stake.
Will Ferrell has been copying his own parody formula so much after Talladega Nights and Blades of Glory, he has become his own joke-eating virus.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Jackie's vast neediness and ego overwhelm not only Coffee Black, but also the rest of Semi-Pro.
[Reaches] a point of such creative bankruptcy that Ferrell stands poised to become as tiresome a screen jester as Robin Williams.
The cast does, though, rise above the top (or bottom) of some situations and keeps the film on the positive side of funny.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
When a screenwriter and cast, to the extent they ad-libbed, resort to so much gratuitous profanity, it's a sure sign of desperation.
Well, it scores about half the time. "Semi-Pro" does indeed have a few laughs. But it also has few surprises. This most likely is the winding-down of the Will-Ferrell-as-sports-buffoon franchise.
| Original Score: 2/4
Even with mile-a-minute gags and appearances by several of Ferrell's pals, a lot of the jokes clang off the rim.
| Original Score: 2/4
A not-ready-for-primetime tale that should have stayed on the bench.
Semi-Pro isn't painful, but it's a very minor credit for everyone involved.
Judging from this low-scoring sports comedy about the mystique of men with balls, Will Ferrell needs to call a time-out from belly baring to refocus his fan-favorite game of playing clueless male doofuses.
| Original Score: C-
Very probably the worst of Ferrell's starring vehicles.
I don't think Semi-Pro is a bad movie by any stretch of the imagination. It just doesn't rank as one of Will Ferrell's best.
Semi-Pro is a bad film, even by traditional Will Ferrell standards. The jokes constantly misfire, last too long, or try too hard to disgust.
| Original Score: 0.5/5
The problem is that you sit down waiting to laugh, so every time you aren't, it's really noticeable.
| Original Score: 5/10