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Format: DVD
Sku: 207873514
UPC: 794043121173
UPC 14: 00794043121173
Rating: Game Rating Code
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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.

"Definitely more than semi-funny.  Claudia Puig, USA Today
"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 Note
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.

Features

Video Features DVD, Special Edition, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, English, Spanish, Subtitled, Slip Sleeve

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: New Line
Video Release Date Release Date: 4/28/2009
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2008
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 1000038648
Video UPC UPC: 00794043121173
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 2

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Anamorphic Widescreen  2.35:1
Entertainment Reviews
Expert Review Semi-Pro (Let's Get Sweaty Edition) - DVD Review
By: Rich Knight Cinema Blend DVD Reviews
Published on: 6/18/2008 4:28 PM
Unfortunately for Will Ferrell, Semi-Pro will probably go down in history as "That basketball movie with Will Ferrell wearing an afro," or, "That movie where that poor stunt double got mauled by a bear." Either way you put it, both of these unfiltered quotes could probably be combined to sum up the movie as a whole: Will Ferrell. Playing basketball. With an afro. And getting mauled by a bear. There really isn't much more to this lackluster, sport-themed comedy than that. ...read the full review

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Andre Benjamin
Video Cast Info Andrew Daly
Video Cast Info Andy Richter
Video Cast Info David Koechner
Video Cast Info Kristen Wiig
Video Cast Info Maura Tierney
Video Cast Info Patti LaBelle
Video Cast Info Rob Corddry
Video Cast Info Tim Meadows
Video Cast Info Will Arnett
Video Cast Info Will Ferrell
Video Cast Info Woody Harrelson
Video Cast Info Clayton Hartley - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Debra Neil-Fisher - Editor
Video Cast Info Jim Gloster - Art Director
Video Cast Info Joshua Church - Producer
Video Cast Info Kent Alterman - Director
Video Cast Info Michael Aguilar - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Scot Armstrong - Writer
Video Cast Info Shane Hurlbut - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Theodore Shapiro - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Virginia L. Randolph - Art Director

Professional Reviews

USA Today
"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

Rolling Stone
"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 p.68

Total Film
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 p.50

Premiere
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

ReelViews 6 of 10
This movie struggles for laughs, in part because the writing is lazy with too much of the humor being obvious and easily telegraphed, and in part because Semi-Pro is obsessed with being a sports film rather than merely parodying one. Admittedly, both approaches have been done so often that it's difficult to find a fresh angle, but there would seem to be more unplowed territor in the latter category than the former. Nevertheless, that's not where first-time director Kent Alterman and screenwriter Scot Armstrong take this movie. Instead of a satire, they give us a tired, tedious victory-for-the-underdog story, and the unevenness of Ferrell's comedy makes it less appealing...Semi-Pro does a solid job of recreating a pop culture vision of the 1970s. This may not have been how it actually was, but it's how movies and television remember it - brash, outrageous, and over-the-top...As a comedian, Will Ferrell is at his best when he's working with a funny screenplay. His seat-of-the-pants improvisation often comes across more as weird than hilarious...Although director Ken Alterman achieves a degree of moderation in this regard, the script is weak and it hampers Ferrell's ability to play someone who's more than the loud drunk at the bar. Jackie Moon crosses the line from funny to annoying and he's never sympathetic - merely pathetic. - James Berardinelli

The Village Voice 7 of 10
Semi-Pro's much better than Blades of Glory, which wasn't nearly as good as Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, which was a little better than Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, which was almost as funny as Old School, which was better than everything else Will Ferrell had done up to that point--except maybe Dick, which nobody saw and even fewer remember. Seems this is what it's come down to with Ferrell: grading his movies in various shades of enh as each one blends into the next till they're all one giant gray blob of feh. Which sells short the semi-funny Semi-Pro--essentially Major League clad in 1970s short-shorts, topped with a few 'fros for fun...What at least distinguishes Semi-Pro from its predecessors (not only those starring Ferrell, but also such lesser lights as Dodgeball and Balls of Fury) is that it's a slightly darker movie--one made for grown-ups, hence the R rating. In one rather surprisingly tense scene set around a poker table, which begins with someone being called a "jive turkey" as opposed to the apparently more acceptable "cocksucker," a painfully prolonged Deer Hunter re-enactment breaks out. The audience half-expects someone to blow his head clean off--Jackie Moon, preferably. - Robert Wilonsky

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Ferrell,Will
Product attributeLabel:   Turner Home Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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