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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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Kent Alterman

Writer:

Scot Armstrong
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Will Ferrell ... Jackie Moon
Woody Harrelson ... Monix
André Benjamin ... Clarence
Maura Tierney ... Lynn
Andrew Daly ... Dick Pepperfield
Will Arnett ... Lou Redwood
Andy Richter ... Bobby Dee
David Koechner ... Commissioner
Rob Corddry ... Kyle
Matt Walsh ... Father Pat the Ref
Jackie Earle Haley ... Dukes
DeRay Davis ... Bee Bee Ellis
Josh Braaten ... Twiggy Munson
Jay Phillips ... Scootsie Double Day
Peter Cornell ... 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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Taglines:

Putting the funk into the dunk. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 February 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amatöör See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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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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| (unrated DVD) | (unrated)

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Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Will Ferrell has stated that this would be his last sports-related comedy. See more »

Goofs

In the opening game, Jason Sudeikis's character is seen eating "nachos" with typical canned liquid cheese. The movie takes place in the winter of 1975-1976, the last season of the ABA's existence. But, this type of liquid cheese was created for and first introduced at the Texas Rangers' stadium in the summer of 1976. See more »

Quotes

Jackie Moon: [jokingly aiming an unloaded gun at his head] I'll see you fuckers in hell.
[pulls trigger, all laugh]
Bobby Dee: [aiming the gun at Jackie] Jackie, "Love Me Sexy" is the worst song I've ever heard.
[pulls trigger, all laugh]
Cornelius Banks: Watch this.
Cornelius Banks: [aiming the gun at Lou] I did call you jive turkey.
[pulls trigger, all laugh]
Dick Pepperfield: [aiming the gun at Lou] I know you slept with Mrs. Pepperfield!
[pulls trigger, all laugh]
Lou Redwood: [laughing] We're saying nutty things 'cause they're not true... especially that, more than the rest.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the credits, Will Ferrell's voice can be heard calling, "Precious? Here Dewey." See more »

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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.208 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Never, Never Gonna Give You Up
Written and Performed by Barry White
Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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I wish it was semi-funny
29 February 2008 | by cwitkowskiSee all my reviews

Take the cutting room jokes in Anchor Man, A not funny Woody Harrelson and the inability to take jokes far enough to make them funny and you have semi-pro.

A few cheap laughs here and there and a bare chested Will Ferrill weren't enough to keep me awake during this poorly written failure of a comedy. Co-non stars weren't funny and the direction reminded me of one of my 1st college films.

When the openings credits started to the 70's sexual funk sung by Ferrill I thought I was in for a good time. 10 minutes later I was looking at my watch hoping for a phone call to have an excuse to relieve myself of this dull, thrown together, forgettable flick. With so much material to reference to - Short shorts, Afros, mustaches, and over the top announcers you would think there would be more comedy than a few masturbation jokes.

Save this one for a rental when you have time to consume plenty of alcohol before viewing.


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