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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jackie Moon
... Monix
... Clarence
... Lynn
... Dick Pepperfield
... Lou Redwood
... Bobby Dee
... Commissioner
... Kyle
... Father Pat the Ref
... Dukes
... Bee Bee Ellis
... Twiggy Munson
... Scootsie Double Day
... Vakidis
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Storyline

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

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29 February 2008 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,075,114, 2 March 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$33,472,850, 27 April 2008
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Trivia

In the film, Jackie Moon says that he had never vomited before, not even as a baby. In reality, Will Ferrell suffered from pyloric stenosis, a condition that causes frequent vomiting, as a baby. A scar on his upper right abdomen, from the surgery he had to treat this condition, appears in this and many other films. See more »

Goofs

Jackie Moon says PBS wanted to do a special about him never "puking" as a child. Jackie Moon was a child in the 1940s or '50s. PBS first aired in 1970. See more »

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[Jackie tosses a gun onto the table. The gun fires a bullet. Everyone ducks as the bullet ricochets across the room]
Jackie Moon: Everybody okay?
Bobby Dee: I think so.
Cornelius Banks: Yeah.
Jackie Moon: I'm fine.
Bobby Dee: Wow!
Dick Pepperfield: We just literally dodged a bullet.
[laughs]
Jackie Moon: [laughing] We sure did!
Jackie Moon: [looks at Cornelius] Except for Cornelius!
[...]
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"No person or entity associated with this film received payment or anything of value, or entered into any agreement, in connection with the depiction of tobacco products." See more »

Connections

Referenced in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Tell Me Something Good
Written by Stevie Wonder
Performed by Ronnie Laws
Courtesy of Blue Note Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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Proof of Ferrel's weakness
7 April 2008 | by See all my reviews

This movie is a perfect example of why Will Ferrel needs to find his purpose quick before he becomes irrelevant.

After sitting through this movie, I began to ponder why I did not like it. It had all the Ferrel-isms of movies past. Ron Burgandy, Chad Michael Michaels, Ricky Bobby, etc. all made an appearance. So, why had a classic formula failed so miserably here? And then it hit me. It's because Will Ferrel CANNOT carry a movie on his own. He is a great catalyst for the actions with in a movie, however he cannot be a movie. True, Ron Burgandy was a hilarious character, but what about his news crew? How many lines are quoted from this quartet of idiots? Or Chad Michael Michaels? Will Ferrel needs to remember his strength lies in a strong comedic ensemble. While he has demonstrated some actual acting talent, he still will never be able to carry a film on his own.


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