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Semi-Pro (2008)

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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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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
Rating:
R (for language and some sexual content)
Genre:
Comedy
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In Theaters:
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Box Office:
$33,370,443.00
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Cast

Will Ferrell
as Jackie Moon
André Benjamin
as Clarence
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
Peter Cornell
as Vakidis
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
Ian Roberts
as Spurs Coach
Phil Hendrie
as Nets Coach
Ed Helms
as Turtleneck
Brian Huskey
as White Pants
Charlyne Yi
as Wheelchair Jody
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All Critics (157) | Top Critics (36)

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

Full Review… | March 31, 2008
Newsweek
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.

Full Review… | March 6, 2008
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

You take the Will Ferrell formula and you plug it in, but somehow it just feels kind of uninspired and flat.

March 3, 2008
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

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.

February 29, 2008
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.

Full Review… | February 29, 2008
Toronto Star
Top Critic

I laughed from start to finish at its relentlessly, energetically profane absurdity and a cast crammed with funny actors in even the smallest roles.

Full Review… | February 29, 2008
Seattle Times
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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

½

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

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