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Putting the funk into the dunk.
Jackie Moon is the owner, promoter, coach, and star player of the Flint Michigan Tropics of the American Basketball Association (ABA). In 1976 before the ABA collapses, the National Basketball Association (NBA) plans to merge with the best teams of the ABA at the end of the season. Only the top four teams will make the move and the worst teams will fold. The Tropics are the worst team in the league and if they want to make it to the NBA, Jackie Moon must rally his team and start winning. The only problem is the fact that Jackie Moon is not really the coach and star basketball player he thinks he is. To keep his team from oblivion and leave his mark in the city, Jackie Moon must inspire his team to win fourth place in the playoffs.
Sure it has a few good laughs and i's good some pretty good performances from Ferrell and Harrelson, the film is an awkwardly-paced and easily predictable sports film. Don't get me wrong, this was an enjoyable watch. Some exciting basketball sequences are cool and a lot of things are thrown in to make it longer. The characters are all unlikeable but the way Ferrel and Harrelson perform them make them so interesting. The rest of the cast seems like they don't care at all though compared to those 2. Overall it's an okay film. I don't have much to say about it really.
Akin to a half-written Funny or Die sketch stretched to feature length, but there are worse things that watching genuinely funny famous people goof off.
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Semi on the way :-)
So exciting :)
Pretty funny. One of the more solid Will Ferrell flicks.
It's not directed by Adam McKay, but it does a good job of making you think it could've been. Lots of ball jokes, given the premise, and quite a few good cameos by characters who seemed stronger than the main cast. The bear in this movie ended up killing its real life trainer. However, this was well after the film itself was pronounced dead, mind you.
Enjoyable, ridiculous, throwaway fun.
ABA, Vakidis y Megabowl
I understand why this movie is really hated by some... But as many other Will Ferrell movies, they are guilty pleasures to me. I don't know what it is but the guy makes me laugh no matter what he is in. Except for Bewitched (tear down my eye). Anyway, Ferrell and Harrelson are great in this movie, it has really funny scenes in it, and maybe the fact that I do play for a basketball team makes me more invested in the story.
one of those movies you purely watch for Will Ferrell's absurd character
Otra comedia deportiva de Will Ferrell y, aunque tiene algún momento divertido, con la que menos me he reído.
Will Ferrell's most underrated film...
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Maybe the least well-regarded of that run of movies where Will Ferrell played preternaturally fortunate, oblivious idiots, so unless you're a serious fan of him doing that, you'll probably want to proceed with caution, or possibly not at all.
Too frequently this rests lazily on spoofing the disco 70's, like gags from Anchorman that didn't make it past basic workshopping, right on down to the Sandlerian kind where pointing at a signifier qualifies as the whole joke. (Two guys playing Pong. Ha. Haha.)
Otherwise, part of a long tradition of sports-movie spoofs that hit every sports movie beat on the way through. The good comedic (and dramatic) beats are usually relegated to the subplots of Woody Harrelson and Andre Benjamin, though I have to admit the bear got a few big laughs out of me.
I actually like most of Ferrells sportcomedies, in particular Talladega Nights and Blades of Glory, Sadly Semi-Pro feels a little effortless in comparison. There is potential here and there are some hilarious jokes a few times, but for the most part it feels completly phoned in. And that's to sad, because i like basketball and who better to make a basket-comedy than Ferrell? And what damn waste of Harrelson, what exactly did he do here?
I'd describe this as a mildly amusing dissapointment. But there still is guaranteed laughter with Ferrell and the funky 70's soundtrack is great as well. Love Me Sexy is one of my favorite-songs and is the absolute highlight of the whole movie.
I'm in love with the concept of Jackie Moon's character: that he's the owner, coach, and promoter of a basketball team he plays on. The rest of the film is okay, too, though not as great as it starts out. I get the feeling there are a lot of deleted scenes for the various second- and third-tier characters, because some of those subplots seem a little underdeveloped or incomplete. For instance, I could've done with a little more Tim Meadows. But seriously, Will Ferrell's great in this. This is also the first time I've seen Andy Daly, and he really sold his part.
Not quite Anchorman-funny, but still very entertaining and with a high gag rate.
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