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Semi-Pro
- Will Ferrell

Overview - Over the course of a string of successful comedies that includes TALLADEGA NIGHTS and BLADES OF GLORY, Will Ferrel has perfected a type of swaggering, machismo-fueled character, heavy on ego and severely lacking in intellect of any kind. Typically set in the world of sports, these movies have allowed Ferrel free range to both mock and celebrate idiot masculinity.  Read more...

 
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Overview

Over the course of a string of successful comedies that includes TALLADEGA NIGHTS and BLADES OF GLORY, Will Ferrel has perfected a type of swaggering, machismo-fueled character, heavy on ego and severely lacking in intellect of any kind. Typically set in the world of sports, these movies have allowed Ferrel free range to both mock and celebrate idiot masculinity. SEMI-PRO, Ferrell's homage to the wild, afro-picked splendor of the short-lived American Basketball Association, continues this trend, and finds him embodying yet another larger-than-life hunk a burnin' love in the form of Jackie Moon, R&B singer-turned-owner/player/coach of the hapless Flint, Michigan Tropics. As sports movies go, SEMI-PRO's story should be more than familiar to even the most casual fan. The Tropics are a lackluster franchise that place good times and flash over winning. However, when the league announces that they will be merging with the NBA and only taking the top four teams along, the Tropics buckle down and give true ballin' a shot. SEMI-PRO follows the comedic formula of other Ferrell movies and contains an equal amount of satire (tame-but-effective ‘70s goofs), slapstick (on-court brawls, zany stunts), and surreal non-sequiturs (an improvised poker game provides one of the film's most deliciously bizarre scenes), but it's not exactly interchangeable with Ferrell's other movies. Though the actor cuts loose as Jackie Moon, the film is decidedly an ensemble picture, with Woody Harrelson providing the movie's true protagonist, in washed up former NBA player Monix, and Andre Benjamin offering a charming turn as flashy NBA wannabe Clarence "Coffee" Black. Perhaps most interestingly, however, is SEMI-PRO's surprising attention to detail, though the Flint Tropics are a fictional team, the real ABA was every bit as wacky, unhinged, and, yes, entertaining as SEMI-PRO itself.

Cast List

Maura Tierney - American Actress
Will Ferrell - Actor, ELF/MELINDA AND MELINDA
Andy Richter - Actor/Sidekick
Kent Alterman - Executive Producer, ELF (2003)
Josh Braaten - Actor, DUMB AND DUMBERER (2003)
Jay Philips - Actor, SEMI-PRO
Jimmy Miller - Executive Producer, ELF (2003)
Rob Corddry - Comedian, THE DAILY SHOW
Scot Armstrong - Screenwriter
Andre 3000 - Hip hop artist/actor, BE COOL/FOUR BROTHERS
André Benjamin - Hip hop artist/actor, BE COOL/FOUR BROTHERS
Jackie Earle Haley - American actor, LITTLE CHILDREN
Cale Boyter - Executive Producer, ELF (2003)
Lauren Shuler Donner - Producer
David Householter - Executive producer
Tobias Emmerich - Screenwriter-producer
Toby Emmerich - Screenwriter-producer
Shane Hurlbut - Director of Photography
Will Arnett - Actor
De Ray Davis - American Comedian
DeRay Davis - American Comedian
Woody Harrelson - Woody of TV's "Cheers"
Theodore Shapiro - Composer, YOU, ME AND DUPREE (2006)
Michael Aguilar - Executive Producer, OUT COLD (2001)

 
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    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 794043121449
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Rating: R (MPAA) (for language and some sexual content)
  • Release Date: September 2010

Related Categories:
Movies > Comedies

Related Keywords:
Slapstick
Music (General)
Theatrical Release
Funk
R&B/Soul
1970s

 
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Reviews:
"As in ANCHORMAN, there are some ludicrous sight gags....The mid-'70s era is hilariously conveyed with terrible fashion choices, the most egregious of which are draped on Ferrell..." - 03/01/2008 USA Today


"Ferrell is a slam-dunk....SEMI-PRO has an R rating that liberates Ferrell from being family-friendly, as in a foulmouthed poker game that end in a Russian-roulette stunt out of THE DEER HUNTER." - 03/20/2008 Rolling Stone, p.68


3 stars out of 5 -- "SEMI-PRO tosses improvised skits around like comedy candy....The highpoint sees Ferrell wrestling a bear that escapes into a packed audience of sports fans..." - 05/01/2008 Total Film, p.50


3 stars out of 4 -- "[F]irst-time director Kent Alterman relies on Ferrell's comedy chops and a strong supporting cast to create an engaging [film]..." - 02/29/2008 Premiere

 
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