5.6/10
39,364
208 user 90 critic

The Benchwarmers (2006)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance, Sport | 7 April 2006 (USA)
Trailer
2:30 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

ON DISC
A trio of guys try and make up for missed opportunities in childhood by forming a three-player baseball team to compete against standard children baseball squads.

Director:

Reviews
Popularity
3,576 ( 958)
7 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Joe Dirt (2001)
Adventure | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

After being abandoned by his parents at the Grand Canyon, Joe Dirt tells the story of his journey to find his parents.

Director: Dennie Gordon
Stars: David Spade, Brittany Daniel, Dennis Miller
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A thirty-something former child star hires a foster family to re-create the childhood he never had.

Director: Sam Weisman
Stars: David Spade, Mary McCormack, Alyssa Milano
The Waterboy (1998)
Comedy | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A waterboy for a college football team discovers he has a unique tackling ability and becomes a member of the team.

Director: Frank Coraci
Stars: Adam Sandler, Kathy Bates, Henry Winkler
Grandma's Boy (2006)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A 35 year old video game tester has to move in with his grandma and her two old lady roommates.

Director: Nicholaus Goossen
Stars: Allen Covert, Linda Cardellini, Shirley Jones
Comedy | Crime | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Prison inmates form a football team to challenge the prison guards.

Director: Peter Segal
Stars: Adam Sandler, Burt Reynolds, Chris Rock
Happy Gilmore (1996)
Comedy | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A rejected hockey player puts his skills to the golf course to save his grandmother's house.

Director: Dennis Dugan
Stars: Adam Sandler, Christopher McDonald, Julie Bowen
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A man becomes a male gigolo after being mistaken for one while housesitting a male gigolo's house.

Director: Mike Mitchell
Stars: Rob Schneider, William Forsythe, Eddie Griffin
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Two straight, single Brooklyn firefighters pretend to be a gay couple in order to receive domestic partner benefits.

Director: Dennis Dugan
Stars: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Jessica Biel
Mr. Deeds (2002)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A sweet-natured, small-town guy inherits a controlling stake in a media conglomerate and begins to do business his way.

Director: Steven Brill
Stars: Adam Sandler, Winona Ryder, John Turturro
Billy Madison (1995)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

In order to inherit his fed up father's hotel empire, an immature and lazy man must repeat grades 1-12 all over again.

Director: Tamra Davis
Stars: Adam Sandler, Darren McGavin, Bridgette Wilson-Sampras
Tommy Boy (1995)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

An incompetent, immature, and dimwitted heir to an auto parts factory must save the business to keep it out of the hands of his new, con-artist relatives and big business.

Director: Peter Segal
Stars: Chris Farley, David Spade, Brian Dennehy
Big Daddy (1999)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A lazy law school grad adopts a kid to impress his girlfriend, but everything doesn't go as planned and he becomes the unlikely foster father.

Director: Dennis Dugan
Stars: Adam Sandler, Joey Lauren Adams, Jon Stewart
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Gus
...
...
...
Mel
...
...
Liz
...
...
...
...
...
Sean Salisbury ...
...
...
...
Himself
Edit

Storyline

Three guys, all their lives, have been living in the shadow of bullies and are determined not to take it anymore. Now they must train with the help of Mel to take on the most offensive and meanest youth baseball teams. Written by Kaputnik Satelitle <RavenWerkheiserHexorcist>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

When push comes to shove... they'll have to settle their problems like men. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for crude and suggestive humor, and for language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

7 April 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Bankdrücker  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$33,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$19,656,429 (USA) (7 April 2006)

Gross:

$119,286 (South Africa) (28 July 2006)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (cut)

Sound Mix:

| |

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The issue with the player with the fake birth certificate really happened. Danny Almonte, originally from the Dominican Republic, playing for a US team from New York was found to be too old. He was actually 14, not 12, the cut-off age. He had a forged birth certificate. His team had won their regional competition and were eliminated in the semifinals of the Little League World Series but, as a result of the scandal, the entire team was disqualified, had their records erased and the coach banned for life from Little League baseball. See more »

Goofs

When Gus, Richie and Clark are at Mel's house, Clark says "But, why would any of these teams agree to play us?". Right after he says this, in the bottom right of the screen you can see Gus picking up 1 of 3 juice boxes. These were not there in the previous shot and they disappear in the next shot. See more »

Quotes

[looking at Mel's Pontiac Firebird Trans Am]
Clark: This car is so radical. Looks just like K.I.T.T. from the show Knight Rider.
Mel: It is K.I.T.T. from Knight Rider. Watch this.
[Mel activates the car with his watch]
K.I.T.T.: Allow me to introduce myself. I'm K.I.T.T.
Richie: [to Mel] Who are you?
Mel: Oh, I'm just one of those nerds who grew up... to make billions.
See more »

Connections

References Con Air (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Alright
Written by Daniel Goffey, Gaz Coombes and Michael Quinn
Performed by Supergrass
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Enjoyably stupid but not exactly good.
13 April 2007 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I was expecting The Benchwarmers to be an overall pretty bad unfunny movie, based on the reviews and average rating it has, with the possibility of occasionally succeeding in fleeting moments as is often the case with stupid comedies. In a sense, that's exactly what it amounted to although somehow the movie managed to be watchable even when many of the jokes were missing - to it's credit it's quite fast-paced (this contributes to the movie making even less sense, not that it matters).

The plot for The Benchwarmers has nothing original to offer - basically it's about three nerds (Rob Schneider, David Spade and Jon Heder) that play a bunch of baseball games against various teams of kids. The movie is never intended to be taken seriously so the abundance of clichés is forgivable. But where the movie fails is in the lack of original humour. Classics of the stupid comedy genre such as Zoolander and Dodgeball explored new ground whereas The Benchwarmers retreats to familiar styles of comedy with the occasional stroke of genius (or perhaps that should be idiocy).

Overall, I found the movie quite enjoyable. There were a few little parts I found quite hilarious and probably won't forget for quite some time to come. Even the standard reflective speech(es) near the end came across as sincere and not completely worthless. There are also a number of familiar faces (and cameos) which help move things along. Rob Schneider, David Spade, Nick Swardson and Jon Lovitz are all good in their parts whilst Jon Heder seems to be stuck in his Napolean Dynamite character. But unfortunately these are not enough to change the fact that this is not a good movie. It is decent enough entertainment for its running time though.


9 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Funniest part Kydun
top 5 funniest movies rmcjveatch
Am I the only one that thought this movie sucked? KrazyKousins
Why is the rating so low? dylan_kk
YOU ALL SUCK!!! Wolverinek1
Jon Lovitz had the funniest line... thedigitalfacade
Discuss The Benchwarmers (2006) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page