Movie Review - Semi-Pro

Monday, March 3, 2008

Movie Review - Semi-Pro

Starring Will Ferrell, Woody Harrelson, Andre Benjamin, and Will Arnett.

Rated R for language and some sexual content. Run time of 85 minutes.

Semi-Pro is the latest in a string of Will Ferrell movies that place him in the world of sports. This time, Ferrell is a singer who makes enough money on one hit single to buy an ABA basketball team. He recruits the players and not only coaches the team but plays on the team. Soon, the ABA basketball league is in trouble and will be merged with the NBA basketball league, but only the top four teams from the ABA will make it and Ferrell's team is dead last. They make an impressive run for the top in a bid to be one of the four top teams.

The movie is filled with your general Will Ferrell jokes and comedy. However, this movie is rated R, which his previous sports flicks Blades of Glory and Talladega Nights were rated PG-13. The only thing this does is let the actors curse and swear as much as possible. Some of it ads to the actual film by making it a bit funnier, but overall, the movie could have been cleaned up and just as effective. I actually kind of wonder why they decided to go with an R rating on this. Ferrell has a huge fan base of teenage boys that won't be able to get into this flick which will dramatically effect how much money is made at the box office.

I was entertained by this movie but there was nothing special about it to report. The movie has good actors doing a good job playing mediocre roles for laughs. The directing is not worth mentioning as all they had to do was hold up a camera and watch Will go. Which is the main point - Will Ferrell is the reason to watch this movie. If you enjoyed Blades of Glory, Talladega Nights, or any of Will's previous flicks, you'll probably enjoy Semi-Pro as it follows the same formula's. It's short, funny, and well worth a watch. If you are looking for a great escape in the form of Will Ferrell comedy you can go no wrong here.

Semi-Pro is playing at Cinema 3 in McCook and show times can be found at

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