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The American Basketball Association is on the verge of collapse, and when a former NBA benchwarmer returns to his hometown of Flint, MI, to whip his former team into shape for the playoffs, redemption is just a free throw away in this period sports comedy starring Will Ferrell and Woody Harrelson. Penned by Old School scribe Scot Armstrong, Semi-Pro tells the tale of a 1970s-era basketball player who doesn't have much luck in the NBA, but vows to leave his mark on the sport by coaching the Flint Tropics. When the upstart ABA league agrees to be absorbed by the NBA, only four teams will be… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 21%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The semifunny Semi-Pro is amiable enough, but you never feel there's much at stake."
‑ David Ansen, Newsweek
"There are some ludicrous sight gags and uniquely silly, if foul-mouthed, laughs. The movie falters when it tries to be serious. Fortunately, those moments are few."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"Semi-Pro will likely leave its star with a sore throat and bruised pride but a bulging wallet nonetheless: it's possibly the first movie ever to be less funny than the products it advertises."
‑ Ali Gray,
"Will Ferrell's Semi-Pro is a dreadful comedy. It's lazy and slipshod."
‑ Tony Macklin, Fayetteville Free Weekly
"In the end it's too simply all too familiar."
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"Judging from this low-scoring sports comedy about the mystique of men with balls, Will Ferrell needs to call a time-out from belly baring to refocus his fan-favorite game of playing clueless male doofuses."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"You can't help but marvel, and laugh at, Ferrell's indefatigable enthusiasm and willingness to make a complete ass of himself."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Semi-Pro isn't the most well-designed of comedies, it's far too disjointed without enough thought given to making it work as a whole, but there are enough genuinely funny moments, especially from upstart Daly, to make it worth a look."
‑ Joshua Starnes,
"No amount or combination of shame, absurdity and unflattering outfits seem to dint Ferrell's fierce commitment to character."
‑ Brent Simon, Screen International
"Semi-Pro offers nothing new."
‑ Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel, 3BlackChicks Review
"You take the Will Ferrell formula and you plug it in, but somehow it just feels kind of uninspired and flat."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"I laughed from start to finish at its relentlessly, energetically profane absurdity and a cast crammed with funny actors in even the smallest roles."
‑ Mark Rahner, Seattle Times
"Root-canal territory all the way"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"It isn't a good enough sports movie to please sports fans and it's not an outright funny enough movie to please Ferrell's fans."
‑ Scott Nash, Three Movie Buffs
"You end up with a movie that is way too simple-minded for adults on an ABA nostalgia trip, and way too dirty for kids."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
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