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The Benchwarmers (2006)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Sport | 7 April 2006 (USA)
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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's Little League squads.

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Dennis Dugan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rob Schneider ... Gus
David Spade ... Richie
Jon Heder ... Clark
Jon Lovitz ... Mel
Craig Kilborn ... Jerry
Molly Sims ... Liz
Tim Meadows ... Wayne
Nick Swardson ... Howie
Erinn Bartlett ... Salad Girl / Sarah
Amaury Nolasco ... Carlos
Bill Romanowski ... Karl
Sean Salisbury Sean Salisbury ... Brad
Matt Weinberg ... Kyle
John Farley ... Swimmer Boy
Reggie Jackson ... Reggie Jackson
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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>

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

Genres:

Comedy | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

7 April 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Bankdrücker See more »

Filming Locations:

Chino Hills, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$33,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,656,429, 9 April 2006, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$57,651,794, 21 May 2006
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SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Cincinnati Reds pitcher Jon Moscot was a fourteen-year-old extra in the film. He was not credited, as his parents were concerned his college eligibility could be adversely impacted. Moscot has said that he gave up seven home runs to Rob Schneider during the filming. 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

Brad: You guys think you're athletes now?
Richie: Haha that's funny I didn't know ath-e-letes had three syllables... thats ama-za-zaing.
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Alternate Versions

Originally, the end credit sequence had a series of alternate takes, outtakes and deleted scenes. These were removed for the DVD release and were restored for its airings on the STARZ Network. See more »

Connections

References White Noise (2005) See more »

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Walk of Life
Written by Mark Knopfler
Performed by Dire Straits
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It's actually... good??
8 April 2006 | by iamnotafilmmakerSee all my reviews

I really did not expect the movie to be very good. Don't get me wrong - I thought I'd like it (I love almost every baseball movie ever made) but I had no idea that the film would actually work on multiple levels.

The movie's short, but that's OK as it gets right to the point and never stops. Some of the humor is a bit childish (far jokes), but they actually balance a lot of it out with other childish jokes that make the earlier ones bearable (back to back fart jokes... I don't want to be more specific because it will spoil it when you see it).

I was very pleased with this film and will probably see it again while it's in theaters. If you're somebody who likes any Adam Sandler branded flick then you'll love this one.


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