professional job Bottom line: an enjoyable, funny movie (thanks to Will Ferrell: a meaty 215pounds, your Tropics starting power forward - Jackie Mooooooon!) of no value or help whatsoever to anybody anywhere.
Semi-Awful I am just about speechless at how a movie as inept as this one could even get made. Where was the script? Did these guys even have one? The movie should have been entitled, "Talented Actors Waste Time in Making Semi-Pro."
Supposedly, this movie is about a semi-pro team from Flint, Michigan, who played in the ABA(?). If they could finish in the top four of the league, they stood a chance of being absorbed when the NBA/ABA merged. There's only one problem: there WERE no semi-pro teams in the ABA and certainly not one from Flint, Michigan. And if you think the NBA will accept your team because you "average 2,500 fans a game," I've got a nice bridge in Brooklyn I'd like to sell you.
What's even more laughable is this is actually being referred to as a sports movie. PUH-LEEZE. There is more action in watching paint dry than there is happening in this movie. This basketball team performed more dance routines than ran plays. Yeah; that happens ALL the time in the NBA. Why I hear that Shaq and LeBron have just finished their interpretive dance classes. Woody Harrelson and Andre Benjamin's talents were totally wasted, and I've always been on the fence about Mr. Ferrell. Suffice it to say that I've now fallen on a definite side. The language didn't bother me--it was all the other dialogue that came before/after the language that did. Simply AWFUL.not good THis one looked like a skipper. But some one I trusted, told me it was better than Blades. HA! liar.
THis movie is *NOT* a comedy. its a sports movie witha bunch of comedy thrown in. WIll Ferrels character seems like a side character that was maybe a small comedy relief part that was expanded or an add on role he created - he has nothing to with basketball and the central plot about basketball.
Woody haroldson can be funny. but hes a straight boring a hole in this movie. Andre 3000 is known for his funky afronaught music personna - but unlike George CLinton - he's always been a sourpuss. he just adds sourness to this film.
this film has moments but its not good.Will Ferrell Throws an Air Ball with Semi-Pro Perhaps it is becoming more and more evident that Will Ferrell is far better cast as a cameo appearance actor. Though he tends to be quit humorous in roles where he is not the lead actor, it is when the weight of the success of the film is in Ferrell's shoulders that he seems to falter time and time again. One really not need look any further than Taladega Nights to realize this but if that is not enough proof to support the hypothesis for you, then check out Semi-Pro.
Directed by Kent Alterman and written by Scot Armstrong, Semi-Pro is a rather lackluster comedy film that nails stupidity quite well but falls short in providing any real comedy throughout the entire film. There are merely a glimmer of comedy spread here and there throughout the film but the movie really seems to be a lot of tired old Will Ferrell jokes and humor.
Jackie Moon (Will Ferrell) is the owner-coach-player of the American Basketball Association's team the Flint Michigan Tropics. Moon, a sultry R&B artist known best for his song "Love Me Sexy" is equally as good at being an owner, a coach and a player on a professional ABA team, and that does not say much. His basketball prowess focuses on catch and pass time and time again and his coaching and ownership stake is more focused on coming up with witty pre-game introductions than it is on running a basketball program.
Andre Benjamin (of Outkast fame) plays the part of Clarence, perhaps one of the finest players on the Tropics squad. However, his skills being so far above some of the others on the Tropics also makes him the constant prized possession of so many other basketball teams. Though Clarence does change his name in the film to Coffee Black, there is nothing really all that strong about the peformance that Benjamin puts into the film.
The diamond in the rough for this film is the character of Ed Monix played by Woody Harrelson. Harrelson plays the part of a washed up former NBA player whose stints included spending significant time for several clubs on the court, but mostly on the bench. If it were not for Harrelson's performance in this film the entire movie would have needed to have been scrapped.
When the ABA decides that they are going to downsize and fold the remaining teams into the NBA, the owners need to come up with some sort of way to determine which teams will be on the chopping block and which will make it to the big time. The ultimate decision that was rendered now leaves the Flint Michigan Tropics fighting for a chance to make it into the big scene.
Moon decides that since his playing is certainly not going to launch him into the NBA that perhaps he can reinvigorate the fan base in Flint by a series of stupid entertainment promotions. Not only are Moon's ideas quite cheesy, but the fact that the viewer is subjected to have to sit there and watch his ideas come to life on screen is just as cheesy on the part of the writer and director.
Though when Will Ferrell is involved you are not expecting the most cinematographic piece of excellence, Semi-Pro does not even deserve to be called a minor league film. Just as the Flint Michigan Tropics were never going to make it in the basketball world, this film is never going to be thought of as being anything close to quality and in fact is not even really worth watching at all.
Almost as bad as the Boston Celtics were the year before their NBA Championship season this year, Semi-Pro is nothing more than a bunch of air balls and bricks and Semi-Pro ends up the loser.
AWFUL!!! Absolute WASTE of $$. Hubby bought it thinking it would be a good laugh. Nothing but a RAUNCHY movie. So thankful I chose to fall asleep 20 minutes into the movie. From what my husband said all I missed were countless "f"-bombs and every other word that I would have no interest in listening to for an hour and a half. Don't waste your money. Wish Will Farrell would go back to the comedy of "Elf".