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BASEketball 1998 R CC

Starring Trey Parker & Matt Stone (South Park) BASEketball is a hilarious comedy about two guys who invent a game in their driveway that quickly becomes a national obsession.

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Trey Parker, Matt Stone
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1 hour, 43 minutes

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Genres Sports, Comedy
Director David Zucker
Starring Trey Parker, Matt Stone
Supporting actors Dian Bachar, Yasmine Bleeth, Jenny McCarthy, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Vaughn, Trevor Einhorn, Bob Costas, Al Michaels, Robert Stack, Reggie Jackson, Dan Patrick, Kenny Mayne, Tim McCarver, Pat O'Brien, Jim Lampley, Dale Earnhardt, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Victoria Silvstedt
Studio NBC Universal
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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I have never, ever laughed so hard in a movie theater as when I went to see this movie, and my friends that I went with were laughing just as hard. Come to think of it, everyone I've known who's seen this film has enjoyed it, although I'll admit that most of those with whom I associate share my somewhat warped sense of humor. Anyway, on to the movie. BASEketball works so well for a simple reason: beneath all the sight gags, sex jokes, pop-culture references, and celebrity cameos (all of which are funny), it is a surprisingly perceptive look at sports in American society. From the opening montage, it is clear that BASEketball is premised upon the commercialization (and some would say corruption) of American sports, setting the stage for its redemption by the starry-eyed fans played by Parker and Stone. This examination of the place sports occupies in the hearts and minds of Americans is what allows BASEketball to transcend the limits of the usual sophomoric comedy fare. If you're a sports fan, and not above laughing at some admittedly juvenile humor, you will have no trouble enjoying this movie.
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A lot of people may not know it, but BASEketball is a truly classic comedy. Don't let the high-minded among us (and there are a lot of Parker-Stone haters out there) tell you any different. Not only is this film hilarious, it - like virtually everything Trey Parker and Matt Stone do - has a lot to say in a surprisingly incisive way; those who see only puerile humor and grossness in this film are not watching it closely. The opening of the film is brilliant, with its hilarious spoofing of modern showmanship and its lament for the death of tradition in sports. Nobody seems to play for the love of the game anymore - it's all about money and fame. Ever since he caught Reggie Jackson's historic third home run in that crucial game of the 1977 World Series, Joe Cooper (Trey Parker) has dreamed of becoming a sports star. Unfortunately, he and his pal Doug Remer (Matt Stone) are basically losers who have never grown up - but all that changes when their home-grown game of BASEketball (basketball without all that running, played with baseball rules) grows from a neighborhood obsession to the new national past-time. Professional BASEketball is sports as it was meant to be - the rules preclude the moving of teams from one city to another, free agency and the trading of players are not allowed, and every single athlete, even Squeak (Dian Bachar), gets paid the same amount - and it's a sport than anyone can participate in since it requires almost no athletic skills. Of course, some people want to change those rules so they can make millions off of the new national obsession. When the founder of the league and owner of the Milwaukee Beers dies, it's up to Coop to preserve the integrity of the game - and he will have to lead the Beers to the Denslow Cup championship in order to do it.Read more ›
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I'm old, sour and crusty and I swear to God this movie had me laughing out loud and rolling on the floor -- it is freaking HILARIOUS, outrageous fun like I haven't seen since 1977's "Airplane," just zany, off-the-wall stuff that keeps coming and coming until you're just helpless with laughter, it's one of the funniest movies I have EVER seen. I've got to watch it again tonight because I missed half the dialogue because I was laughing so hard! YOU'VE GOTTA SEE THIS ONE!!!!!!!!
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By JWolf on October 29, 2013
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Basketball, released in 1998, is a big ol' mix of comedy, sports, and La-Z-Boys. The film was inspired by a new sport fresh from the imagination of David Zucker in which all men, regardless of levels of physical fitness, may compete equally. The film has been regarded by critics as one that finds its audience and scores big, but outside that genre, falls a little flat. I enjoyed the movie a lot, and much of the humor is similar to that in "South Park" and "Beer Fest." The movie stars "South Park" creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker as Doug Remer and Joe Cooper, respectively, Jenny McCarthy and Yvette Denslow, Ernest Borgnine as Ted Denslow, Yasmine Bleeth as Jenna Reed, Dian Bachar as Kenny Scolari, and Trevor Einhorn as Joey Thomas. A good portion of "Baseketball"'s charm comes from the dais of celebrity cameos, including: Al Michaels, Bob Costas, Dan Patrick, Reggie Jackson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Dale Earnhardt, to name a few.

The movie opens on a flashback of Remer and Coop in the stands of the 1977 World Series. Reggie Jackson is at bat and hits a homer caught by Coop; Coop turns to Remer and proclaims that he will one day, too, be a big sports star. [Flash-Forward to the early 90s] Coop and Remer are in a rut of unemployment and unpaid bills, and what could set that in better than a reunion party with high school friends? Feeling that they haven't matured like their former classmates, Coop and Remer retire to the driveway for beer and baskets when two of the "matured" classmates propose a two-on-two.

Not ready to lose ground, Coop and Remer decide they will play only if their opponents agree to the new (nonexistent) "hood" variation of hoops.
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