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Semi-Pro (2008)



Average Rating: 4.5/10
Reviews Counted: 157
Fresh: 33 | Rotten: 124

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


Average Rating: 4.9/10
Critic Reviews: 35
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 25

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



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

March 31, 2008 Full Review Source: Newsweek
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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 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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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
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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 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today
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You can't help but marvel, and laugh at, Ferrell's indefatigable enthusiasm and willingness to make a complete ass of himself.

February 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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I laughed from start to finish at its relentlessly, energetically profane absurdity and a cast crammed with funny actors in even the smallest roles.

February 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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Semi-Pro will likely leave its star with a sore throat and bruised pride but a bulging wallet nonetheless: it's possibly the first movie ever to be less funny than the products it advertises.

October 14, 2012 Full Review Source:

Semi-Pro isn't the most well-designed of comedies, it's far too disjointed without enough thought given to making it work as a whole, but there are enough genuinely funny moments, especially from upstart Daly, to make it worth a look.

March 30, 2011 Full Review Source:

Root-canal territory all the way

August 27, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion

Will Ferrell's Semi-Pro is a dreadful comedy. It's lazy and slipshod.

February 2, 2009 Full Review Source: Fayetteville Free Weekly
Fayetteville Free Weekly

No amount or combination of shame, absurdity and unflattering outfits seem to dint Ferrell's fierce commitment to character.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Screen International
Screen International

It isn't a good enough sports movie to please sports fans and it's not an outright funny enough movie to please Ferrell's fans.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs
Three Movie Buffs

In the end it's too simply all too familiar.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

Semi-Pro offers nothing new.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: 3BlackChicks Review
3BlackChicks Review

You end up with a movie that is way too simple-minded for adults on an ABA nostalgia trip, and way too dirty for kids.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

A lot of it is funny, but the problem is that it doesn't amount to much.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Entertainment Insiders
Entertainment Insiders

Unfortunately, the outrageousness lessens in the second half of the film, becoming your straight forward underdog movie.

October 1, 2008 Full Review Source:

Coming from someone that didn't like Ferrell's last few comedies, I can say that this is an improvement.

July 22, 2008 Full Review | Comments (2)
Sin Magazine

we don't really need any more of these movies

July 5, 2008 | Comments (4)

Qualifies as a sort of cinematic comfort food: it's the mac and cheese of the cineplex.

July 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

... a film that is bipolar in its intentions, at once trying to make us laugh at Jackie and care about the rest of the characters, but it's a losing battle on both sides.

June 20, 2008 Full Review Source: DVD Review
DVD Review

Aside from the 'fro and his sport of choice, Jackie Moon is really no different whatsoever from Ricky Bobby, or whatever Ferrell's character's name was in "Blades of Glory.

June 11, 2008 | Comment (1)
The Trend

Semi-Pro stays true to the formula, and it's a pretty funny, good-looking comedy.

June 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Comment (1)
Combustible Celluloid

I have to admit that not much about this movie made me laugh much at all.

June 6, 2008 Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

Affectionate if foul-mouthed locker room method acting, with defensive moves on behalf of the mostly flabby-abs homeboy team concept. And counting all sorts of eccentric, nutty and deeply lovable players, before sports went commercial and big time.

June 2, 2008 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

...pretty much mines the bottom of the barrel for laughs, going with improvisation and cheap shots.

May 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
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Audience Reviews for Semi-Pro

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Semi-Pro wasn't too bad, I liked the way they visualised the 70's, they often get it wrong but here they got it right. I liked the supporting actors more than the main actors, Andy Richter in particular. The script was also reasonably funny, the gambling/Gun scene being stand out. I just can't help but think this would have been a great film with a different lead actor, I just don't find Will Ferrell funny. He plays the same character in every film he's in and his improv just isn't very good.
October 22, 2012

Super Reviewer

More like semi-funny. Good thing Will Ferrell made up for this flop with Step Brothers right after.
September 14, 2012
Eric Alvarez

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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.
February 9, 2012

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