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Bait Shop (2008)

Bill Engvall , Billy Ray Cyrus  |  PG |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bill Engvall, Billy Ray Cyrus
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: September 2, 2008
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001BEK8HE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,944 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Bill Engvall, Billy Ray Cyrus, Billy Joe Shaver. Forced to pony up $15,000 to keep the bank from foreclosing on his bait shop, a Southern bass master enters a fishing tournament and goes head-to-head against his bitter bait shop rival. Talk about reel" funny! 2008/color/85 min/PG/widescreen.

Bait Shop stars the eternally affable yet exasperated comedian Bill Engvall as Bill Dugan, owner of a homey but smalltime bait shop. Bill's job and self-respect are threatened when arrogant fishing celebrity Hot Rod Johnson (Billy Ray Cyrus, better known as Miley's dad) opens a massive fishing superstore right next door. Only by challenging Hot Rod in a bass fishing tournament can Bill set things right! Bait Shop is a bundle of clumsy cliches made somewhat tolerable by a likable cast (including outlaw country music singer Billy Joe Shaver as Bill's mentor) and an enthusiastic performance by Cyrus, who clearly enjoys being the bad guy for once. High points include Bill having a bar fight while dressed in a fish costume and Bill wrestling an obviously rubber bass into his boat. There are many declarations about how fishing used to be more pure and how friendship is the most important thing in life. Extras include a standard-issue making-of documentary, some beautiful shots of the local landscape (which, inexplicably, never got used in the movie itself), some understandably deleted scenes and some scenes of the cast goofing around. All in all, not much effort was put into making either the movie or the DVD. --Bret Fetzer

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good clean fun November 26, 2008
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No bad language, no innuendo, just good clean fun from Bill Engvall and Billy Ray Cyrus. I had no idea that Bill could really act. Sure some of the jokes are corny, but just sit back, relax, and just enjoy.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Innocuous, Family-Friendly Comedy... October 12, 2009
I'm a fan of Bill Engvall, one of the nicest, most family-friendly of the 'blue-collar' comedians, and "Bait Shop" plays to his strengths, as the debt-ridden but easy-going owner of a run-down bait shop frequented by an array of likable oddballs. With the bank calling in his mortgage, he is about to lose everything, and resign himself to a menial job with his smarmy, successful father-in-law, 'The Mattress King' (Harve Presnell)...but the Bass Masters Professional Fishing Tournament is in town, with a $50,000 prize, and a rules loophole that allows him (an amateur and past champion) to compete...against the world's greatest angler, egotistical Hot Rod Johnson (Billy Ray Cyrus). Can Engvall, with his rusty boat, ancient equipment, and long-latent fishing instincts, defeat state-of-the-art, high-powered 21st century technology? Do you have any doubt?

This isn't 'classic' comedy in any sense, but it never falls into the rut of 'toilet humor' (a frequent problem of the films of Engvall's peers), and it does promote positive family values, which is a happy 'plus'. Engvall is a 'natural', on camera, possessing the same kind of screen 'likability' as Tim Allen, and he and Cyrus play off each other surprisingly well.

"Bait Shop" isn't a 'must-have' kind of film, but makes a pretty good 'family movie night' entry!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars REEL GOOD September 10, 2012
I was told by a 10 year old girl (the one who sold it to me at the flea market) this was a real good film. This film is to bass fishing what Rocky is to boxing...almost. Bill Dugan (Bill Engvall) owns a bait shop on a lake. He has a cast of regulars in the shop which reminded my of the scenes by the fence in "King of the Hill" which include one man (Rus Blackwell) into conspiracy theories. Bill has a wonderful wife (Mary Rachel Dudley), a son (Vincent Martella) who needs some adjusting, a father-in-law (Harve Presnell) who is wealthy, and unfortunately a balloon payment on his shop.

To make matters worse the flashy bass fisherman, Hot Rod Johnson (Billy Ray Cyrus) has opened a fish emporium store next to Bill's Bait Shop. Bill enters the local fishing tournament were the prize is $50,000 in order to save his shop. Bill uses his old fashion fishing methods, while Hot Rod uses the latest high tech fish finders.

The comedy was simple. The story ignores the fact of any zoning discussions, or how one must legally land a fish in a tournament. While the movie creates characters, most of them were caricatures.

A fairly good film for family night. Only very slight innuendos, such as when Bill and his wife wake up, he places his arm around her and she says, "No." Girls in bikinis.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
"Bait Shop" is a predictable, often corny, family-approved blue collar comedy revolving around a bass fishing tournament. Conceived and written by the amiable Bill Engvall, the film opens with down-on-his-luck bait shop owner Bill Dugan (Engvall, in a role that's not much of a stretch for him) and his band of crazed friends hanging out at the shop dwelling on poor Bill's bad luck, lack of business prowess, and personal problems with his overbearing father-in-law, Jack (veteran character actor Harve Presnell, "The Mattress King") who wants him to close the shop and enjoys berating him for his personal failures. Add to this his disinterested teen son Scott (Vincent Martella,) who is entitled and lazy, and poor Bill has his hands full. When he gets the letter from the bank giving him a week to come up with a $15,000 balloon payment on the shop, the future looks bleak.

The one person with a seemingly fabulous future is Hot Rod Johnson (Billy Ray Cyrus, in a role he described as his personally most challenging...really; watch the extras,) the number one bass fisherman in the world. Hot Rod is all flash but is incredibly shallow, arrogant, and egotistical. He also wears sequined fishing jumpsuits; his motto: "Fishing is war!" It is clear that the plot is going to turn this into another in a long string of character-driven underdog versus big shot movies, the only questions are what will be Hot Rod's undoing and how long will it take? For those looking for foreshadowing, please examine the somewhat ludicrous subplot about Scott (a teen with zero prior interest in fishing) being lured (if you'll pardon the pun) by Hot Rod's personal magnetism.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bait Shop April 26, 2013
By j*pf*
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Bait Shop, This one will hook you! Bill Engvall and Billy Ray Cyrus are Great together. Bill and Billy are so funny you better wear a life jacket watching this one just in case you fall in! Any many do during this one. One thing I learned about this DVD is that when it comes to size of fish or your rod, size does matter! Everyone in this DVD did a great job. This is so Funny you will laugh your Bass off!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Corny Fun November 8, 2011
By Paul
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The plot is predictable and corny, about a big monster fishing store opening across the road from the struggling mom and pop store. Smug and cocky fishing champ and owner of the new store constantly rubs mom and pop owner's face in his failures. The language and content is quite family friendly (which is why I bought it). And, I don't need to tell you how it ends, because it's really, as I said earlier, predictable. But, in spite of all that, the acting's not all that good. It's still fun.
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Really bad.
Published 11 days ago by Jonette Anderson
2.0 out of 5 stars Watch it and you decide
I watched this movie to see Billy Ray Cyrus,, I was a Hanna Montana fan but it just didn't seem to flow and the Characters were like Barney Fife, and Gomer Pyle just alittle to... Read more
Published 18 days ago by Roberta
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie
Published 27 days ago by Raymond Shepherd
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Rapid Service and enjoy Bill Engvall any time . . .
Published 1 month ago by R. A. Wigman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Randy White
4.0 out of 5 stars Larry
Good group of movies
Published 2 months ago by S. C. Hall
4.0 out of 5 stars good movie
pretty good, funny movie,i really like fishing myself so i find it at some times hilarious, pretty good actors,( bill engvall)
so over all pretty good movie. good buy
Published 7 months ago by daphne
5.0 out of 5 stars Bait Shop
I bought this movie for my grandson for Christmas (at his request). It is very funny, Bill Engvall is his same funny self in this and iwould recommend to anyone.
Published 7 months ago by Charlene
3.0 out of 5 stars FUNNY MOVIE
This is decent movie, funny but dumb. I wish story line is different, focus more on fishing and bait shop than Billy Ray Cyrus.
Published 8 months ago by Tech 1
4.0 out of 5 stars This was given as a gift and was enjoyed by the recipient.
This movie was purchased as a request for a gift and the recipient was expecting it and so was pleased to receive it. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Thomas Patterson
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