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Product Details

  • Actors: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Yasmine Bleeth, Jenny McCarthy, Robert Vaughn
  • Directors: David Zucker
  • Writers: David Zucker, Robert LoCash, Lewis Friedman, Jeff Wright
  • Producers: David Zucker, Robert LoCash, Gil Netter
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: December 29, 1998
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (259 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0783230338
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,577 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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    Product Description

    From the director of Naked Gun comes a side-splitting comedy of professional sports. Starring Trey Parker & Matt Stone (South Park), as two guys who invent a game in their driveway that quickly becomes a national obsession and catapults them into the spotlight, BASEketball is a hilarious comedy about babes, brews and being number one. Critics call BASEketball "a comedy that is as smart as it is funny" and "absolutely, rolling in the aisles, hysterical!" Featuring a supporting cast of today's best-known talents, including Yasmine Bleeth, Jenny McCarthy, Robert Vaughn and Ernest Borgnine, as well as celebrity appearances by Reggie Jackson, Kareem-Abdul Jabbar, Dale Earnhardt, Al Michaels, Bob Costas, Dan Patrick and Kenny Mayne. BASEketball scores!

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    Gross-out comedy reached its peak (or nadir, if you will) when this celebration of juvenile crudeness was released in the summer of 1998. There's Something About Mary was a surprise box-office smash at the same time, and it's a much funnier and (dare we say it?) more intelligently conceived comedy, but there's something to be said for a couple of dudes who blissfully embrace bad taste and improper decorum. As they proved with their popular cartoon series South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone are shameless purveyors of scatological humor, and no bodily function escapes their baser instinct for gutter-level guffaws. Here they play a couple of guys who are fed up with the hyper-commercialism of professional sports, so they invent "baseketball"--a hybrid of baseball and basketball--and soon find themselves in the middle of a booming national craze. As baseketball leagues thrive, so does the movie's appetite for puerile shock-jokes and disgusting gags. There are some great throwaway lines and a lot of funny cameos by the likes of Bob Costas, Al Michaels, Jenny McCarthy, Robert Stack, Reggie Jackson, and others, but let's face it--a little of this stuff goes a long, long way. If you laugh a lot, you may be suffering (as Parker and Stone clearly do) from an acute case of arrested development. --Jeff Shannon

    Customer Reviews

    This movie is very funny.
    Heidi
    I laughed my butt off, it's jokes, humor and just everything about it makes it stand as one of my favorite movies.
    Richard M
    Trey Parker and Matt Stone, who made that dang South Park show, star in it.
    B. Wasden

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews

    24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Wheelchair Assassin on December 27, 2001
    Format: DVD
    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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    24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 12, 2005
    Format: DVD
    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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    12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Gordon M. Wagner VINE VOICE on September 10, 2005
    Format: DVD Verified Purchase
    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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    9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By aaron wittenberg on April 22, 2001
    Format: DVD
    To get this out of the way, I am not whatsoever a South Park fan. I saw it a few years back for the first time and I absolutely did not like it. I have never watched it since.
    Knowing that, I was afraid to see this because Trey Parker and Matt Stone make South Park. Well, from the two episodes that I saw, they didn't act the same way in this movie. The sick humor was there, but it was done differently.
    The main reason I saw this movie is because David Zucker put this movie together, and I find him super funny. I rented this movie a few months ago, and during that one rental, I must have watched it 4 times.
    Absolutely HILARIOUS! I was literally in tears rolling on the floor laughing. 3 others were watching it with me laughing as hard as I was.
    If you liked the Airplane type of humor, with visual jokes and things going on in the background, or types of movies that require multiple viewings because you are laughing so hard you miss jokes, then this is great.
    Keep in mind that kids probably won't get it because there is a lot of sex humor in it, but there are many other funny visual gags that ANY age could understand and find absolutely hilarious.
    I found this movie to be every bit as funny as Airplane. I don't want to be like other reviewers and spoil it with different scenes, but all I can say is you will probably want to watch this at least 3 times to pick up everything. And even after you have heard the same jokes multiple times, they are STILL funny.
    So for fans of Airplane and Naked Gun, you can't go wrong.
    I still remember literally falling off the couch in tears from laughing so hard. Yes, it is THAT funny.
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    10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Nic on July 8, 2003
    Format: DVD
    This movie is incredibly funny. The south park guys do have a life out side of south park. This movie will make you laugh out loud several times. I gave it four stars because, its not one of those movies thats so funny you have to rewind to the best part and watch it again. All the jokes are equally funny. I would reccomend to rent this first and if you like it buy it!
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