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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.

Director:

Kent Alterman

Writer:

Scot Armstrong
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Will Ferrell ... Jackie Moon
Woody Harrelson ... Monix
André 3000 ... Clarence (as André Benjamin)
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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The Greatest Fro on Earth See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Woody Harrelson plays an aging professional basketball player in this movie. He played a street ball player, along with Wesley Snipes, in White Men Can't Jump (1992). See more »

Goofs

The Anaheim Amigos jerseys are incorrect. They are showed playing in red jerseys with a black script "Anaheim." Their jerseys had a block "Amigos" on the front. See more »

Quotes

Jackie Moon: Goddamn it, Vakidis! Learn fucking English!
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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 »

Alternate Versions

The Unrated version released on home video is ~7 minutes longer:
  • 14 alternate material
  • 1 theatrical version only material
  • 1 changed background music
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Connections

References True Love (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

The World Is A Ghetto
Written by Papa Dee Allen (as Sylvester Allen), Harold R. Brown (as Harold Ray I. Brown),
B.B. Dickerson (as Morris DeWayne Dickerson), Lonnie Jordan (as Le Roy L. Jordan),
, Charles Miller (as Charles William Miller), Lee Oskar and Howard E. Scott
Performed by War (as WAR)
Courtesy of Avenue Records
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Will Ferrell is on top form / shame about the movie though
1 March 2008 | by lee-kemp3See all my reviews

the first 30mins of this movie is as good as anchorman i mean i was laughing out loud in the cinema. after that it goes down hill though i don't think will ferrell is to blame. while anchorman and dodgeball had a great supporting cast of characters semi pro only has will ferrell and the two commentators that raise a laugh.

many jokes didn't work for me because of the subject matter (i don't know much about basketball) and the sex scene falls flat on it's face and is embarrassing to watch. the jive turkey scene i didn't get and when will ferrell is off the screen the film starts to take it self too seriously and you're just wanting will to come back on the screen and do something funny.

will ferrell is on top form in this movie but a lot more could have been made of his character. the premise of a washed up singer spending ridiculous amounts of money is a good idea, but is stuck in a sports movie were the loser team comes good in the end. we've seen so many times before and sadley done better.

i love will ferrell but i can see why he has so many haters. while i think he'll never better anchorman semi pro and blades of glory for me show a decline and his next film needs to be a step in the right direction.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 February 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Semi-Pro See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,200,000, 2 March 2008

Gross USA:

$33,479,698

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$44,004,502
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Technical Specs

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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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