Friday, February 29, 2008

Review: Semi-Pro (2008)

What can you say about a movie like Semi-Pro...

The obscure-sports-parody genre is so so so so overdone. I think everybody got tired of it after Dodgeball... Didn't they?

Not everyone, apparently. Here's the formula (in case you missed it):

The local (usually somewhere unexpected--in this case; Flint, Michigan) [Sports team or venue] needs saving, so we're going to band together and give it our all to show them we're not a bunch of losers.
But nobody really knows how to play. Add ex-professional (see: Woody Harrelson, ex-Championship winning Celtic player with a bum knee) to show them how it's done.
The dealbreaker="The Man" offers incentive if team (and or venue) and shape up and prove them wrong.
Enter: Montage of team doing great, add 4-5 newspaper article headlines.
Then something bad happens. Oh noes!
Turns out, you can't be saved after all.
But wait, we're a team! We're going to show them we can do this. Hell, we'll go out with a bang. We're going to give it our all. Go team! Hurrah!
Big game: We're losing. Hope seems lost
Oh wait nevermind we won.

I didn't even have to see the whole movie to know how this was going to turn out.

I did however like Woody Harrelson's character (sort of) and there is some pretty good supporting acting from Will Arnet. And one more thing: Why is Will Ferell in ALL OF THESE?

So how was this movie? I'll say Watchable.

Grade: C-

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