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Putting the Funk Into the Dunk.
|Will ferrell stars in semi-pro, an outrageous comedy set in 1976 against the backdrop of the maverick aba a fast-paced, wild and crazy basketball league that rivaled the nba and made a name for itself with innovations like the three-point shot and slam dunk contest.|
"Very much in the tradition of "Slap Shot"..."Semi-Pro" scores big laughs... Joe Leydon, Variety
"...finds the sweet spot between sports melodrama and parody... Matt Zoller Seitz, The New York Times
"...mixes the traditional rags-to-riches sports movie and the usual Ferrell farce...genuinely funny. Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Whether he gets naked and shows his flabby parts or not, Will Ferrell makes me laugh. Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
Editor's NoteOver 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.
Semi-Pro - DVD Review
By: Sean O'Connell filmcritic.com DVD Reviews
Published on: 5/23/2008 4:31 PM
|Will Ferrell hasn't run out of sports to exploit in the name of comedy, but if Semi-Pro is any indication, he has run out of original ideas. The funnyman's stable of petulant and grossly overconfident buffoons grows with the addition of Jackie Moon, owner, coach, and starting power forward for the Flint Tropics, a fictional ABA basketball squad hoping to survive the 1976 merger with the NBA. Too bad Moon's team is terrible. Star player Clarence "Coffee" Black (Andre Benjamin) doesn’t understand the concept of teamwork. And Moon would rather plan a memorable halftime show than hit a game-winning shot....read the full review|
Cast & Crew
|Clayton Hartley - Production Designer|
|Debra Neil-Fisher - Editor|
|Jim Gloster - Art Director|
|Joshua Church - Producer|
|Kent Alterman - Director|
|Michael Aguilar - Executive Producer|
|Scot Armstrong - Writer|
|Shane Hurlbut - Cinematographer|
|Theodore Shapiro - Original Music By|
|Virginia L. Randolph - Art Director|
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