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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 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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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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$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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The second Will Ferrell film in which his character is caught in a "fight" situation with a bear. The first was Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004), in which Ron Burgundy aims to fend off bears in order to save Veronica Corningstone (played by Christina Applegate). See more »

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The Tropics play the Anaheim Amigos, but the Amigos played only during the 1967-68 season, before becoming the Los Angeles Stars. See more »

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Jackie Moon: Oh fuck that shit! Spumoni!
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Actually pretty good fun
20 November 2014 | by See all my reviews

I always find that Will Ferrell's films can be a little hit and miss. He's either funny, or he tries a little too hard to be funny. Luckily, in the case of 'Semi-Pro,' he's the former. The film is clearly his vehicle, so whether it works or not is largely down to him. Here he plays Jackie Moon – the owner, coach and player of a low league basketball team who are about to get disbanded, unless they can scrape fourth place in the league.

For a start, you don't have to know or like basketball. I know nothing about it, but I enjoyed the film anyway. Yes, Ferrell is a little over the top here and there, but his performance never really borders on 'annoying.' It's not a long film, only an hour and a half, and most of it is packed with gags (all pretty adult in nature) and the majority of those work.

There are minor plot lines, but they're all secondary to Ferrell. Most other characters are only there to tee up Ferrell for him to deliver the punch line. Woody Harrelson is about the second most important character and he has a little more screen time. He's totally functional too, but Semi-Pro is still Ferrell's baby.

Basically, Semi-Pro won't win any awards. It's daft, loud and dumb, but ultimately very watchable if you're in the mood for a film like that.

Just beware of escaped bears!


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