4/05/2008

Movie Review: Semi-Pro

Will Ferrell continues his string of sports spoofs with Semi-Pro, a movie about a 1970's basketball team with dreams of getting absorbed into the NBA.

Jackie Moon (Ferrell) is a one hit wonder who scored his best single in 1970 with "Love Me Sexy." He used his earnings to buy the Flint Michigan Tropics, a hapless franchise in the (noe defunct) American Basketball Association. As owner, he designated himself as the coach and the starting power forward of the team. He was satisfied with being a league sideshow until the news of a merger with the NBA was confirmed and the top winning teams with decent attendance numbers were agreed to be the ones to move up to the NBA. The events prompt Jackie to hire a former Boston Celtic Ed Monix (Woody Harrelson) to improve the team and implement very creative promotional stunts to keep the interest on the Tropics high.

The movie could be the weakest in Will Ferrell's pool of sports spoofs, with Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby and Blades of Glory being the other movies. The movie does have its moments, but the humor gets spotty in the latter half of the film. Some of Ferrell's usual co-stars are there, but Outkast frontman Andre Benjamin is not that bad as the kid with prodigious basketball talents.

Expect more of the same from Will Ferrell-- physical comedy with lost of goofiness while wearing "short" basketball shorts. The movie doesn't go for a slam dunk-- that's why it ends up as an airball.


Rating: 2/5


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