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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.



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The American Basketball Association is on the verge of collapse, and when a former NBA benchwarmer returns to his hometown of Flint, MI, to whip his former team into shape for the playoffs, redemption is just a free throw away in this period sports comedy starring Will Ferrell and Woody Harrelson. Penned by Old School scribe Scot Armstrong, Semi-Pro tells the tale of a 1970s-era basketball player who doesn't have much luck in the NBA, but vows to leave his mark on the sport by coaching the Flint Tropics. When the upstart ABA league agrees to be absorbed by the NBA, only four teams will be allowed in. Jackie Moon (Ferrell) must orchestrate a successful season both on the court, and financially off the court with the help of many odd promotional events, in order to remain in the sport he loves. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Will Ferrell
as Jackie Moon
Andrew Daly
as Dick Pepperfield
Will Arnett
as Lou Redwood
Andy Richter
as Bobby Dee
David Koechner
as Commissioner
Matt Walsh
as Father Pat the Ref
DeRay Davis
as Bee Bee Ellis
Josh Braaten
as Twiggy Munson
Jay Phillips
as Scootsie Double Day
Pat Kilbane
as Petrelli
Patti LaBelle
as Jackie's Mom
Tim Meadows
as Cornelius Banks
Jason Sudeikis
as Nacho Fan
Kristen Wiig
as Bear Handler
Ellia English
as Ms. Quincy
Phil Hendrie
as Nets Coach
Ed Helms
as Turtleneck
Brian Huskey
as White Pants
Charlyne Yi
as Wheelchair Jody
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Critic Reviews for Semi-Pro

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  • The semifunny Semi-Pro is amiable enough, but you never feel there's much at stake.

    Mar 31, 2008 | Full Review…

    David Ansen

    Top Critic
  • 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.

    Mar 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.

    Mar 3, 2008
  • There are some ludicrous sight gags and uniquely silly, if foul-mouthed, laughs. The movie falters when it tries to be serious. Fortunately, those moments are few.

    Feb 29, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/4

    Claudia Puig

    USA Today
    Top Critic
  • You can't help but marvel, and laugh at, Ferrell's indefatigable enthusiasm and willingness to make a complete ass of himself.

    Feb 29, 2008 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • I laughed from start to finish at its relentlessly, energetically profane absurdity and a cast crammed with funny actors in even the smallest roles.

    Feb 29, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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Directors Cat
Directors Cat

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More like semi-funny. Good thing Will Ferrell made up for this flop with Step Brothers right after.

Eric Alvarez
Eric Alvarez

Super Reviewer


This is really a lame sports comedy, we've seen so many films like this now, especially with the 70's look going on, its extremely old and cliched. To make things worse this isn't even funny, only two occasions actually made me laugh, the rest of the time its just kinda dull. All the characters, looks and ideas have been done before, Ferrell has played this same charcter afew times now and its getting boring. Harrelson has made much better with 'White Men' and 'Kingpin', the latter being a truely brilliant sports spoof of sorts. This is just 'Talladega Nights' with basketballs, the only impressive thing was Harrelsons wig.

Phil Hubbs
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

The Greatest Fro on Earth Saw it again! Will Ferrell + Basketball = To me a good comedy which I enjoyed and laughed alot. Easy story to follow and never boring. Nice cast. Three men, three dreams. It's 1976 in Flint, Michigan. Jackie Moon's American Basketball Association team languishes in last place, with few fans in the seats. Jackie dreams of a merger with the NBA. A tough-minded point guard named Monix is at the end of his career; he's played on the champion Celtics but accepts a trade to Flint to be close to Lynn, the love of his life. Clarence "Coffee" Brown dreams of stardom: he's the Tropics' best player, but he's a hotdog who doesn't value teamwork. When the trio learns that a merger is in the works that won't include the Tropics, they pull the team together to try to achieve the impossible. Can dreams come true in Flint?

Manu Gino
Manu Gino

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