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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.
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.
Not enough fart and retard jokes.
Despite this low score The Benchwarmers is semi funny. There are several occasions where I found myself laughing at this movie. However, that does not necessarily make it good. Adam Sandler's Happy Madison productions company was responsible for this film and it stars some of Adam Sandler common colleagues. David Spade and Rob Schneider have worked with Sandler on numerous occasions. Spade and Jon Heder were fairly funny throughout the film, but Schneider does not work as the sensible guy. I think his acting in this movie is awful. Its like he is in an infomercial from the 1990's. Its just hard to take this guy seriously after all the stupid roles Sandler made him play in movies like Big Daddy. The movie is really not very well written and although its funny, the world doesn't really need it.
Budding screenwriters can't even get their foot in the door of a Hollywood executive's office… but this got a greenlight?
For years I thought the sun was a monster. But I am here to tell you that it's not a monster! IT'S NOT A MONSTER!
This is probably a great movie for a 6-year old. I don't think I realized it was that kind of movie when I started. I prefer the tone of The Sandlot but Benchwarmers wasn't terrible. It took me almost six months to watch the whole thing, but I did it! Quite a feat. I hear the Benchwarmers are eyeing me for next season.
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.
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