While the intention is quite admirable, its odd shifts in the pacing and characters in the third act don't mesh well with the rest of the film, in fact, it only slows down the already well-paced film. I can't compare it to the 1976 original since I haven't seen it yet, but for what it is it's damn entertaining. The script pushes the boundaries of the PG-13 rating and it'll surely offend those who can't take profanities. But at heart, it's a story about underdogs and I like movies like that. Thornton is excellent as the foul-mouthed, hard-drinking, and cynical coach Buttermaker, and director Linklater manages to make it funny, playfully subversive, and gently moving all at the same time. Bad News Bears is predictable, but I still liked it. Not a groundbreaking film in any sense, but still a good movie with good intention.