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Semi-Pro (2008)

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Jackie Moon, the owner-coach-player of the American Basketball Association's Flint Michigan Tropics, rallies his teammates to make their NBA dreams come true

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Three men, three dreams. It's 1976 in Flint, Michigan. Jackie Moon's American Basketball Association team languishes in last place, with few fans in the seats. Jackie dreams of a merger with the NBA. A tough-minded point guard named Monix is at the end of his career; he's played on the champion Celtics but accepts a trade to Flint to be close to Lynn, the love of his life. Clarence "Coffee" Brown dreams of stardom: he's the Tropics' best player, but he's a hotdog who doesn't value teamwork. When the trio learns that a merger is in the works that won't include the Tropics, they pull the team together to try to achieve the impossible. Can dreams come true in Flint? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Putting the funk into the dunk. See more »

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Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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29 February 2008 (USA)  »

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$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£774,698 (UK) (29 February 2008)

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$33,472,850 (USA) (25 April 2008)
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Trivia

The melody to Jackie Moon's theme song "Love Me Sexy" largely came about from Will Ferrell's first table read of the script. Director Kent Alterman sent leading record producer Nile Rodgers a recording of the improv that Ferrell did on that day, and Rodgers built up the song from around that. See more »

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During the "jive turkey" incident, Bobby Dee lays Lou Redwood's gun on the poker table. As the camera cuts to show Lou laughing, the gun is clearly seen on the table in front of Lou even though you can hear the off screen thump of Dee laying it on the table. As the camera cuts back, Cornelius Banks has the gun in his hand. See more »

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Monix: Vakidis, open the window will ya?
Vakidis: Yes, right on!
[does nothing]
Monix: Did you give Bobby Dee a handjob?
Vakidis: Yes, right on!
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At the end of the credits, Will Ferrell's voice can be heard calling, "Precious? Here Dewey." See more »

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Love Rollercoaster
Written by Willie Beck, Leroy 'Sugarfoot' Bonner (as Leroy Bonner), Marshall E. Jones (as Marshall Jones),
Ralph Middlebrooks, Marvin Pierce (as Marvin R. Pierce), Clarence Satchell and James 'Diamond' Williams (as James L. Williams)
Performed by Ohio Players
Courtesy of the Island Def Jam Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Needs more Doctor J
8 February 2008 | by (Toyama, Japan) – See all my reviews

One of the joys of being a university student is getting invited to free sneak previews. I went to one last night, where the front half of the theater was packed with students while the back was filled with members of the writing team, taking careful notes on which jokes we did and did not laugh at. For the most part, the reaction was positive, and the jokes that failed miserably will probably get edited out by the time the movie officially opens.

The movie was pretty sports-comedy formulaic, with the down-and-out lovable losers getting a big chance, then introducing a new character who will inspire them, and a few montages later, the big finale. The R-rating was used mainly on adding in lots of cuss-words, with mixed humorous results. There was a really funny joke about masturbation. I was hoping for a little more basketball craziness, but oh well.

The highlight, of course, was Will Ferrel meeting the 70s. I myself was not alive in the 70s, so I only know about the culture through the disco-funk lens of caricature cinema. Ferrel is one funky mofo so he thrives. I would say this was one of his better efforts, topping Taladega nights, Elf, and the ice skating one. It's not as good as Anchorman, mainly because it's just not as quotable.

In short, if you like Will Ferrel, or 70s funk (the soundtrack is hella dope), see this movie.


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