Semi-Pro (2008)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: February 19, 2008
DVD Release Date: June 3, 2008
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Critic Score: 21% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Semi-Pro is an intermittently funny, half-hearted attempt at sports satire, and one of Will Ferrell's weaker cinematic efforts.

David Ansen

The semifunny Semi-Pro is amiable enough, but you never feel there's much at stake.

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Claudia Puig
USA Today

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.

Dorothy Woodend
The Tyee (British Columbia)

Semi-Pro has a lot of problems, not the least of which is that it is simply bone lazy in terms of plot development, story and pretty much everything else.

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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly

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.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

You can't help but marvel, and laugh at, Ferrell's indefatigable enthusiasm and willingness to make a complete ass of himself.

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Ali Gray

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.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

You take the Will Ferrell formula and you plug it in, but somehow it just feels kind of uninspired and flat.

Mark Rahner
Seattle Times

I laughed from start to finish at its relentlessly, energetically profane absurdity and a cast crammed with funny actors in even the smallest roles.

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Joshua Starnes

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.

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Manu Gino
The Greatest Fro on Earth Saw it again! Will Ferrell + Basketball = To me a good comedy which I enjoyed and laughed alot. Easy story to follow and never… More
Eric Alvarez
More like semi-funny. Good thing Will Ferrell made up for this flop with Step Brothers right after.
Jim Careter
Semi Pro is funny and has a bit of heart, and I love Will Ferell, but this film was boring and nothing really happens. Jackie Moon (Will Ferell) is a coach for… More
Phil Hubbs
This is really a lame sports comedy, we've seen so many films like this now, especially with the 70's look going on, its extremely old and cliched. To… More
♥Robyn M♥
has a few good moments but nothing that lights my fire in this one....The structure of the film is no different from other sports comedy where the hero and his… More