Beer League (2006)

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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.
Rating:
R (for non-stop language including sexual references, sexuality, nudity and drug use.)
Genre:
Comedy
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Cast

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
Maddie Corman
as Marilyn
Louis Lombardi
as Chief Gugliamino
Frank Pellegrino
as Gina's Dad
Joseph R. Gannascoli
as Giuseppe Primavera
Jim Breuer
as Football Guy
Mary Birdsong
as Rhonda
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
Keisha
as Pitching Machine
Kamal Ahmed
as Ump #3
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
David Carney
as Ump #2
Francisco Sebastiano
as Dave's Baby
Christian Sebastiano
as Manganelli Second Baseman
Tina Fey
as Front Desk Girl
Anthony De Sando
as Dennis Manganelli
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Critic Reviews for Beer League

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (8)

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

October 2, 2006
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

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

September 19, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

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.

September 19, 2006
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Does the movie hit a home run? Hardly. But it's at least a single.

September 19, 2006
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

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.

September 19, 2006
New York Post
Top Critic

The inanity is harmless, thoroughly predictable and ultimately disposable.

Full Review… | September 19, 2006
Newsday
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Beer League

½

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 roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

... 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 Mild Sauce
Coxxie Mild Sauce

Super Reviewer

This movie's a lot like it's star, Artie Lange--it's slovenly, crude and an overall waste, but can somehow pull it together by the end while being somehow likable. It has a few fun cameos. I liked Beer League because it wasn't wishy washy and safe instead of wonderfully politically incorrect with its humor. Picture New Jersey douchebags cast in a remake of The Bad News Bears.

Michael Gildea
Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

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