Every film that has ever been nominated for a Razzie Award in any category.
Get off the bench and get into the game.
A trio of guys try and make up for missed opportunities in childhood by forming a three-player baseball team to compete against standard little league squads.
Silly, colorful, and almost entertaining enough to qualify as an at least above average comedy, Dennis Dugan's "The Benchwarmers" can not quite be taken seriously. It tries hard, though, and the film that pits Rob Schneider, David Spade, and Jon Heder against young and old baseball players in response to bullying has its share of charms. It just does not have enough.
Built around a three-man ball team that takes on full-sized little league teams, Dugan's comedy boasts the standard compliment of physical gags and verbal barbs expected from the Happy Madison team. The jokes are mostly silly, but a few ring smartly enough, elevating the entire affair. The cast is solid, and all of the film's awkward heroes offer…
Embarrassing comedy from producer Adam Sandler and written by Sandler acolytes Nick Swardson and Allen Covert. Terrible film gives "lowbrow" a bad name. No joke is too low or too cruel in this one. The guise is that it's all done with a good moral message. Who cares? A good game to play with this movie is "which character is the most grating?" Is it Jon Heder's nose picking paperboy who seems let's just say "special". Or is it David Spade's obnoxious video store clerk? Still there's Nick Swardson who's agoraphobia is the basis for many unfunny jokes. The film is really aggressively unfunny and tedious. This film is a career nadir for pretty much everyone involved.
The Benchwarmers does not deserve my time. That I would allow myself to be subjected to this "film" for 85 minutes is, perhaps, a sign of stupidity on my part. That I should be granting this "film" a service to which it certainly doesn't deserve - a full-length review - is a sign of my boundless generosity and merciful nature. I should be able to merely copy-and-paste my review for Nacho Libre (which debuted in theaters only a couple months after this "film") to get all my points across, and in theory, I could do just that. But there are couple reasons why I think writing a review is a warranted reaction:
1. The Benchwarmers is far too terrible to…
As with everything else he's in, Jon Lovitz is the best thing about this movie by approximately 1000 miles. To paraphrase Peep Show, The Benchwarmers is like eating a vast portion of chips - comforting, but there's also this lurking sense that you're killing yourself.
Mostly worth watching to see my girlfriend nearly pass out from laughing so hard.
One laugh: "Written by"
Review from my VOD column "This Week on Demand"
Those who decry Adam Sandler and his Happy Madison Production as the nadir of modern cinema, quite simply, haven’t seen enough movies. Here at This Week on Demand HQ we’ve sunk so far below the bottom of the barrel that the work of Sandler and co. seems a treat by comparison. Though let’s not get ahead of ourselves here: The Benchwarmers isn’t any good at all; it’s a poorly acted, barely written mess with a sense of humour that panders clearly to those too young—if the MPAA has anything to say about it—to get in. It’s also, in parts, a little offensive, risibly retrograde in its attitude…
Yet another film I'm rating higher than it's probably worth because I watched it as an immature teen. In all seriousness, though, it's not that bad.
Sure there is very limited story here but The Benchwarmers is just good easy fun. Spade, Heder and Schneider work well as the hapless baseball players trying to the right the wrongs. The actual morals to the film are pretty solid with a closing game that will be leaving you smiling. You just can't help but root for them!
It was 2am and after Grandma's Boy my brother and I needed more Nick Swardson.
Actually, despite the fact the movie was directed by Dennis Dugan (Grown Ups, Happy Gilmore) I love this movie. Even though for the bad ratings. The Benchwarmers teaches everyone about how bullies can impact are lives. A very funny and heartfelt movie, In My taste, The Benchwarmers succeeds and does not go down swinging.
Kilborn alone is responsible for 1 1/2 out of the 2 stars I'm giving it.
Not enough fart and retard jokes.
I would definitely recommend this
Hey look, a Rob Schneider comedy I havn´t watched so far. Wow, it´s exactly what I expected. Some juvenile humor, a few great gags and the usual stupidity one expects from such a movie.
Not good in any way, but also not the worst movie ever made. You can´t eat filet every days, from time to time you simply need some nice fast food.
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