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BASEketball (1998)

R | | Comedy, Sport | 31 July 1998 (USA)
Two childhood friends are pro athletes of a national sport called BASEketball, a hybrid of baseball and basketball, and must deal with a greedy businessman scheming against their team.

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Two losers from Milwaukee, Coop & Remer, invent a new game playing basketball, using baseball rules. When the game becomes a huge success, they, along with a billionaire's help, form the Professional Baseketball League where everyone gets the same pay and no team can change cities. Coop & Remer's team, the Milwaukee Beers is the only team standing in the way of major rule changes that the owner of the Dallas Felons wants to institute. Written by Kelvin Cabrera-Castellar <kelvinc@concentric.net>

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Two guys invented a game... and turned the sports world upside down! See more »

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Comedy | Sport

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Rated R for strong language and crude sex-related humor | See all certifications »

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31 July 1998 (USA)  »

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$3,086,105 (USA) (2 August 1998)

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$6,940,185 (USA) (30 August 1998)
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In the final game, when trying to "psych-out" a fat Dallas player by commenting on his weight, Trey Parker's character Joe Cooper begins to speak in a high pitch, "whiny" voice reminiscent of Eric Cartman, another character from South Park (1997). See more »

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When Joey is undergoing his liver operation, he has a bandage on his forehead from his accident. When he is watching the Beers game after the operation, the bandage is gone, with no sign of injury. When Coop, Remer and Squeak visit him in the hospital after the game, the bandage is back on. See more »

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Joey Thomas: I've always dreamed of big game hunting. How about killing an endangered species? Like a bald eagle or a giant panda!
Jenna Reed: Well Joey I don't think that's really in the true spirit of the foundation.
Joey Thomas: Well then how about poisoning a reservoir? I know! How about throwing flesh-eating fish into a public swimming pool?
Douglas "Swish" Reemer: I don't think you're quite getting the point, dude.
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After the credits have finished there is a scene where the Bob Costas and Al Michaels have a conversation consisting only of "dude", a la the make up scene between Parker and Stone. This ends with Al Michaels turning to the screen and pulling down a screen before what one would expect to be a kiss like Parker and Stone earlier in the film... See more »

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Spoofs The Natural (1984) See more »

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Motivate
Written by William C. Hummel, Jr.
Performed by The Ernies
Courtesy of Mojo Records
Under license from Universal Music Special Markets
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Genuinely funny movie
3 August 1998 | by (Cleburne, Texas) – See all my reviews

David Zucker has directed one of the most enjoyable comedies of the year with this goofy farce. Yes, it's a matter of acquired taste and depends upon a wealth of sophomoric gags, but it is consistently funny throughout unlike some recent comedic efforts. The film is loaded with all kinds of jokes ranging from the blatantly obvious to the more subtler kind that you must pay attention to everything in the frame or you'll likely miss them. Like his previous efforts which include "Airplane!", "Top Secret!", and "Naked Gun," the humor flies out almost every second. There are so many moments that work, it's easy to overlook the few that fall flat. What sets this movie apart from other pale imitations in the spoof genre is that it has an actual story line. While others have depended upon making fun of too many famous scenes in almost random movies (take "Mafia!", please), this film tells a new story with likable characters. It touches upon sports films in general as well as satirizing the real sports industry instead of lampooning any specific movies. Even for people who don't care for "South Park," its creators, Matt Stone and Trey Parker, make a good pair of leading actors with natural chemistry. The film also makes extremely effective use of cameos of athletes, sports announcers, and other celebrities, especially a hilarious bit with Robert Stack of "Unsolved Mysteries." By the way, stay through the credits for a final joke with Bob Costas and Al Michaels. All in all, Zucker has achieved, in words perhaps applying to the movie's mix of sports, a home dunk.


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