Beer League

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An unemployed, alcoholic thirtysomething who still lives with his mother and can't seem to muster the motivation to turn his life around finds that all's fair in love and softball when his team is threatened with ejection from the league in a raunchy sports comedy starring Howard Stern Show regular Artie Lange. For the sluggers from Ed's Bar and Swill, the weekly trip to the local diamond is more about drinking and roughhousing than it is about such technicalities as hitting home runs and striking out the opposing team. When their favorite pastime is threatened by the ultra-competitive athleticism of the league's villainous perennial champions -- led by local gym owner and current mayoral candidate Manganelli (Anthony de Sando) -- this motley group of hard-drinking sportsmen must make one final push for the pennant and end their unprecedented losing streak if they hold out any hope of making it to another season. Ralph Macchio, Seymour Cassel, and Laurie Metcalf co-star, and longtime Saturday Night Live contributor Frank Sebastiano makes his directorial debut.

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Artie Lange
as Artie De Vanzo
Anthony DeSando
as Dennis Mangenelli
Cara Buono
as Linda Salvo
Jimmy Palumbo
as Johnny Trinno
Laurie Metcalf
as Artie's Mom
Michael Deeg
as Alfonse
Frank Pellegrino
as Gina's Dad
Louis Lombardi
as Chief Gugliamino
Joseph R. Gannascoli
as Giuseppe Primavera
Tina Fey
as Front Desk Girl
Jim Breuer
as Football Guy
Jim Florentine
as Barlucci Catcher (Crispino)
George Palermo
as Manganelli First Baseman
Albert deGrasse
as Ed's Bar & Swill Player
Richard Duva
as Ed's Bar & Swill Player
as Pitching Machine
Dana Lorge
as Gina's Mother
Armin Amero
as Steakhouse Watier
Erik Martin
as Manganelli Catcher
Nick Di Paulo
as Police Officer (Cousin Mickey)
Jodi Lennon
as Melissa
Karen Gilbert
as Very Attractive Girl
George Seminara
as Shoot the Greek Barker
Todd Barry
as Creepy Guy Down the Shore
Hollie Harper
as Tim's Wife
Joanne Joseph
as Dirt's Wife
Bill Scheft
as Championship Game Ump
Kristi Redford
as Slap in the Face Hooker
Natalie Twaddle
as Hooker #3
Maria Javier
as Hooker #2
Lauren Hugnou
as Hooker #1
Jared Burke
as Ed's Bar & Swill Player
Christian Sebastiano
as Manganelli Second Baseman
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Critic Reviews for Beer League

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (4) | Rotten (11)

  • Beer League is raunchy and tacky, but it's a hell of a lot funnier than something like Failure To Launch.

    Oct 2, 2006
  • Artie Lange, Howard Stern's radio sidekick, somehow manages to make beer-league softball seem no fun at all in this extremely lowbrow comedy.

    Sep 19, 2006 | Rating: 0.5/5
  • Sitting through this film is like spending the night in that sleazy bar you swore you'd never go in, not even to use the bathroom.

    Sep 19, 2006 | Rating: 0.5/4
  • Does the movie hit a home run? Hardly. But it's at least a single.

    Sep 19, 2006 | Rating: 2/4
  • The sort of lowbrow sports comedy best enjoyed on a 50-inch screen with a six-pack, a bucket of wings and a fast-forward button.

    Sep 19, 2006 | Rating: 1/4
  • The inanity is harmless, thoroughly predictable and ultimately disposable.

    Sep 19, 2006 | Rating: 0.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Beer League

  • Jul 05, 2012
    I never really enjoyed Artie Lange, but I gave this film a shot, thinking it may be good. I was wrong. This is a bad film that has too many jokes that fall flat, and just isn't that funny. Lange's brand of comedy really doesn't shine here, and it really brings the film down. If it had a better lead actor who actually is funny, then maybe this film would have been good, however it wasn't. This film suffers from everything that can go wrong with a comedy. I felt that Beer League was a very forgettable film, and it didn't stand out either. I felt that there was wasted potential in making a good film, and the filmmakers seemed to just rush to make this film. Everything goes wrong with the film, as the story just isn't good, and most importantly the jokes are unfunny. I really didn't enjoy this film, and I felt that it missed the mark on many occasions. There were times where the film could have been very funny, but it just had mediocre humor that wasn't funny. This film could definitely have been much better if it had a better cast and script. Artie Lange is a horrible comedian, and Beer League further proves it. I think it's a shame that the film like this turned out the way it did, because this film really could have been lots of fun with great comedy, instead the film just ends being a bad comedy with some washed up actors. Avoid this film and watch something else, you'll be glad you did. The only thing this film did for me is want me to avoid Artie Lange's future films.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Nov 07, 2009
    ... and Mr. Lange's body was found on his bed with a magnum in hand and a copy of his film Beer League in the other hand, he apparently took his own life for reasons that are so far unknown.
    Coxxie M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 23, 2009
    Im an Artie Lange fan but this movie was terrible!!!!
    Brody M Super Reviewer
  • May 26, 2008
    I was almost shocked at how funny this movie was caught it on late night basic cable,luckily it was uncensored, and I'll be damned I really like this movie. Artie Lange as Artie Lange essentially except I'm not sure he lives with his mother, who was played by Laurie Metcalf (Roseanne) in the movie. Good fun, great if you are bored or drunk late at night.
    Jason R Super Reviewer

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