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Semi-Pro is an intermittently funny, half-hearted attempt at sports satire, and one of Will Ferrell's weaker cinematic efforts. Read critic reviews

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In 1976, singer Jackie Moon (Will Ferrell) uses the profits from his only hit single to fulfill a longtime dream of owning a basketball team. His team, the Flint Michigan Tropics, is the worst team in the league, and what's more, the franchise may fold when the ABA and NBA announce plans to merge. It's up to Jackie and the Tropics to turn their game around and slam-dunk their chance for survival.

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    November 18, 2011 | Rating: 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.

    May 1, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The semifunny Semi-Pro is amiable enough, but you never feel there's much at stake.

    March 31, 2008 | Full Review…
  • Semi-Pro isn't painful, but it's a very minor credit for everyone involved.

    March 7, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    March 6, 2008 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
  • You take the Will Ferrell formula and you plug it in, but somehow it just feels kind of uninspired and flat.

    March 3, 2008

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  • Jan 22, 2014
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  • Sep 14, 2012
    More like semi-funny. Good thing Will Ferrell made up for this flop with Step Brothers right after.
    Eric A Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2011
    Semi Pro is funny and has a bit of heart, and I love Will Ferell, but this film was boring and nothing really happens. Jackie Moon (Will Ferell) is a coach for an ABA team and when he and his team is offered a chance into the NBA, Jackie must pull all his strings to get his team from last place and into the Top 4. The plot is very basic, very boring, but the characters (although screwballs) have good hearts and the writers did a good job there. Will Ferell is the show stealer as usual, he is just naturally funny and stupid, and I loved him. Woody Harrelson actually was pretty awesome, his character was cool, smart, and actually had a backround, but he wasn't very funny. There is a few cast members who were funny, and a few who were not, and although Woody wasn't very funny, he and Will Ferell were my favorite. The jokes were okay, the scene with the bear was pure gold but most of the movie has a good joke every like 10 minutes, which made it not as funny as I hoped, mostly just a lot of lazy jokes. Overall it was funny, had good characters, but it didn't have a good story and the great jokes took a long time to happen, but still a comedy people will laugh at, and the scenes with the bear are hilarious.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 14, 2011
    Skip it, even if you are a Will Ferrell fan, it's hard to get through this at all.
    Chris B Super Reviewer

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