Critic Consensus: 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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Critic Reviews for Semi-Pro
The semifunny Semi-Pro is amiable enough, but you never feel there's much at stake.
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.
You take the Will Ferrell formula and you plug it in, but somehow it just feels kind of uninspired and flat.
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.
You can't help but marvel, and laugh at, Ferrell's indefatigable enthusiasm and willingness to make a complete ass of himself.
Audience Reviews for Semi-Pro
More like semi-funny. Good thing Will Ferrell made up for this flop with Step Brothers right after.
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.
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