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The 1970s are back in all their excessive glory inSemi-Pro, an uneven but not uninspired Will Ferrell comedy about a professional basketball team that puts more energy into insane promotional schemes than playing well on the court. Ferrell stars as Jackie Moon, a former pop sensation who made enough money from a couple of hit records (the biggest: "Love Me Sexy") to buy Flint, Mich.'s the Tropics, a disorganized bunch of losers with one genuine talent named Coffee Black (Andre J. Benjamin). Despite knowing little about the game, Jackie is the Tropics' coach as well as a player, though his greater love is in coming up with such bizarre marketing stunts as wrestling a bear and attempting a motorcycle jump over a line of cheerleaders. When the Tropics look like they might be shut down, Jackie desperately agrees to let washed-up veteran player Monix (Woody Harrelson) take over coaching, turning the team's fortunes around--just a bit. The film's thin premise opens the floodgates to a series of absurd vignettes that suit Ferrell's silly-satiric brand of frat humor very well. There are choice moments, such as Jackie's table-shoving tantrum at a meeting of team owners (presided over by an aghast but tolerant commissioner, adroitly played by David Koechner), and his rapid escape from the Tropics' arena when he realizes everyone in the stands has won free corndogs (at Jackie's expense). Other performers shine, too, including Will Arnett and Andrew Daly as a glass-half-full/glass-half-empty pair of game announcers, and Maura Tierney as Monix's former love interest. The script is by Scot Armstrong (The Heartbreak Kid), and the film is the first directorial effort of producer Kent Alterman (Mr. Woodcock).--Tom Keogh
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review by . November 14, 2008
Short Attention Span Summary (SASS):     Time: The `70s     1. Will Ferrell plays Jackie Moon, a one hit wonder who owns, coaches and plays with his basketball team the Flint Tropics.   2. As you would expect, the team isn't doing very well   3. Down and out, but not giving up, Moon negotiates a chance for his team to join the NBA   4. Maybe white men can't jump, but he trades a major appliance for Ed Monnix (Woody Harrelson) …
review by . June 16, 2008
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It must have been sophomore week. `Meet The Spartans (Rated)' and `Semi-Pro' were both released on June 3rd making them top competitors for the cheesiest comedy of the week. Which one won is beyond the scope of my judgment, but both films had their moments, and both qualify for contenders of the year.     `Semi-Pro' stars Will Ferrell, so we know partly what to expect of the material, but the quality is in position we're to pose during the field of play. Ferrell plays Jackie …
review by . April 20, 2008
posted in Movie Hype
It's 1976 and Jackie Moon (Will Ferrell) is on top of the world. He made a fortune with his one-hit wonder, "Do Me Sexy" and used part of his earnings from the song to buy a professional basketball team, the Flint (as in Michigan)Tropics in the American Basketball Association (ABA). Jackie is the owner, promoter, coach, and one of the team's star players. All of Jackie's dreams seem to be coming true when at the latest owners meeting it is announced that the NBA is going to merge with the ABA. However, …
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