HOME |  JOIN |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
Apostle
Distant Voices, Still Lives
Hereditary
Cup Fever
Peril for the Guy
3 Days in Quiberon
Club, The
Best F(r)iends: Volume 1
Pili
Suspect, The
Baxter!
Dead Night
Thoroughbreds
Ghost and the Darkness, The
Strike Commando
Molly
Full Alert
Up the Academy
Darling Lili
Tehran Taboo
Follow That Bird
I, Olga Hepnarová
Finders Keepers
Breadwinner, The
All About Steve
Bad Samaritan
Dangerous When Wet
Us and Them
Rockula
King, The
   
 
Newest Articles
Tee-Hee, It's 80s Sci-Fi Horror: Night of the Comet, The Stuff and Night of the Creeps
Chance of a Ghost: The Uninvited and The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
3 Simian Slashers: Phenomena, Link and Monkey Shines
When is a Jackie Chan Movie Not a Jackie Chan Movie? Armour of God and City Hunter
Anytime Anywhere: The Complete Goodies at the BBC Episode Guide Part 2
Anytime Anywhere: The Complete Goodies at the BBC Episode Guide Part 1
I-Spy Scotland: The Thirty Nine Steps and Eye of the Needle
Manor On Movies--Black Shampoo--three three three films in one
Manor On Movies--Invasion USA
Time Trap: Last Year in Marienbad and La Jetée
Gaining Three Stone: Salvador, Natural Born Killers and Savages
Right Said Bernard: Cribbins on DVD
1969: The Year Westerns Couldn't Get Past
A Network Horror Double Bill: Assault and Death Line on Blu-ray
The Edie Levy: Edie Sedgwick, Andy Warhol and Ciao! Manhattan
   
 
  Semi-Pro Putting the funk into the dunkBuy this film here.
Year: 2008
Director: Kent Alterman
Stars: Will Ferrell, Woody Harrelson, Will Arnett, André Benjamin, Jackie Earle Haley, Andy Richter, Maura Tierney, Andrew Daly, David Koechner, Rob Corddry, Matt Walsh, DeRay Davis, Josh Braaten, Jay Phillips, Peter Cornell
Genre: Comedy
Rating:  5 (from 1 vote)
Review: The year 1976 may have been the highpoint of Disco but it marked the end of the ABA. No not ABBA but the old American Basketball Association. For you non sports fans, the money and fan strapped league offered superstars like Dr. J (Julius Erving) but might have been better known for its crazy promotions. Those promotions make up the core of Will Ferrell’s newest sports vehicle Semi Pro.

Living in the shadows of the NBA the fledgling ABA, in danger of folding, announces that the four top teams will merge with the established NBA. Unfortunately, disco star turned owner (as well as head coach, promoter, and starting power forward) Jackie Moon’s (Will Ferrell) franchise, the Flint Michigan Tropics, sits at the bottom of the league standings. Wanting to make it to the big time NBA, Moon pulls out all the stops to turn his franchise around not only in terms of winning but promotions to bring in more fans. Moon trades for former NBA benchwarmer Ed Monix (Woody Harrelson) and creates a series of crazy events (bear wrestling, roller-skate cheerleader jumping) all in a glorious attempt to finish in 4th place.

The film, like the ABA, struggles to find an identity. Unlike, other winning sports comedies like Major League or Caddyshack, the film lacks the sense of unity. Coaches always talk about chemistry. Semi-pro only comes off as semi-funny because it lacks that cohesiveness. And like an unbalanced lab experiment, some of the concoctions blow up while others fizzle out. Director Kent Alterman in his debut and writer Scott Armstrong, who penned the funny Old School seem to have taken too many time-outs in creating what seems like an extended Saturday Night Live skit.

Like a team that goes down in defeat, some of the blame must fall on the shoulders of the power forward. Maybe Ferrell should switch careers and become an athlete? He has an obsession playing obnoxious sports heroes. He’s making the rounds by playing a sports hero in every sport with Talladega Nights (auto racing), Blades of Glory (ice skating) and now basketball. But top tier athletes adapt and change their game, Ferrell continues to play the same character only in different settings. The guy’s talented enough to play in the big leagues but if he continues this pattern then maybe he’ll end up on cable TV, exactly where this film should end up as well.
Reviewer: Keith Rockmael

 

This review has been viewed 2449 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Who's the best?
Steven Seagal
Pam Grier
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Paul Shrimpton
Graeme Clark
Andrew Pragasam
Stately Wayne Manor
  Patrick Keenan
Enoch Sneed
Ian Phillips
  Afra Khan
   

 

Last Updated: