the Commissioner of the ABA (Koechner) announces that they will be merging
with the NBA, Flint Tropics owner, coach and player Jackie Moon (Ferrell)
thinks his team is about to hit the big time. Unfortunately only four teams
from the league will be merging so Jackie and the rest of the owners push
that the top four teams at the end of the season will be heading to the
NBA. The problem is that the Tropics have only one star player, Clarence
'Coffee' Black (Benjamin), an appalling win record and an empty stadium.
With the help of ex-NBA star Monix (Harrelson) and Jackie's unique marketing
strategy, Flint is about to see the greatest basketball show of the 70s.
Farrell returns to the 1970s and the realm of sports to create another comedic
creation but are his over the top screen comedy personas getting a little
graduating to the silver screen from his illustrious comedy begins on the
cult American TV show 'Saturday Night Live', Will Farrell's career has sky
rocketed. Hits like 'Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy', 'Old School',
'Blades of Glory' and 'Talladega Nights: The Ballard of Ricky Bobby' highlighted
his crazy, manic comedic style but critically acclaimed performances in
'Stranger than Fiction' and 'Melinda & Melinda' have proved that there is
more to his talents than some may have thought. The problem that Will Farrell
has however, is that his manic, crazy comedy creations are blending into
is becoming increasing impossible to differentiate between the characters
he created in 'Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy', 'Old School', 'Blades
of Glory' and 'Talladega Nights: The Ballard of Ricky Bobby' and Jackie
Moon, the crazy and manic owner/coach/player in 'Semi Pro' is another character
to add into the mix. Grabbing the sporting elements of 'Ricky Bobby' and
'Chazz Michael Michaels', throwing in the 70s style of 'Ron Burgundy' and
then mixing in the enthusiasm and downright madness of 'Frank Ricard' from
Old School, Jackie Moon is just simply an amalgamation of everything he
has done before.
It can be argued that Will Farrell is at his comedic best when he appears
in movies produced by Judd Apatow and unfortunately 'Semi-Pro' proves this
to be right again. Only every managing to raise a smile, the comedy in the
movie is extremely predictable and is never inventive or unique. There is
this strange feeling of déjà vu throughout as the film throws one gag after
the other, missing the laughter mark with most of them. While the movie
is not as manic as the Apatow outings of 'Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy'
and 'Talladega Nights: The Ballard of Ricky Bobby', this movie does have
a little more heart and a feel good factor that makes the movie much more
watchable than it should have been.
'Semi-Pro' is not Will Farrell's worst movie, it certainly isn't his best.
The inclusion of Woody Harrelson and Andre Benjamin in the Farrell fold
is welcomed however and stalwarts Andrew Daly, Andy Richter, David Koechner
and Will Arnett bring some familiarity but this is the laugh out loud experience
that some fans may have been expecting. This makes you think that Will Farrell
is off this game and really needs to return to the locker room for a team
talk about were his comedic career is going.
and Extended version!
6 behind the scenes featurettes
Love Me Sexy Music Video
7 Hilarious deleted and alternate scenes
Flint Tropics hit tale with Dick Pepperfield
Night: The Ballard of Ricky Bobby
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