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The Benchwarmers (2006)

David Spade , Jon Heder , Dennis Dugan  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: David Spade, Jon Heder, Rob Schneider, Jon Lovitz, Craig Kilborn
  • Directors: Dennis Dugan
  • Writers: Nick Swardson, Allen Covert
  • Producers: Adam Sandler, Allegra Clegg, Barry Bernardi, Derek Dauchy, Jack Giarraputo
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Portuguese (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Thai (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Chinese, Thai, Korean
  • Dubbed: French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 25, 2006
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000G0O5I2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,225 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Benchwarmers" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Commentary by director Dennis Dugan
  • Commentary by actors David Spade and Jon Heder
  • Deleted scenes
  • "Mr. October" - Behind the scenes with Reggie Jackson
  • "Nerds Vs. Bullies" featurette
  • "Play Ball" - cast and crew discuss America's pastime
  • "Who's on Deck?" - Howie's greatest moments

Editorial Reviews

Credit The Benchwarmers for achieving the impossible: It makes the 2005 remake of The Bad News Bears look like a masterpiece. They're essentially the same film, with the same lowbrow PG-13 humor (mostly involving bodily functions, broad slapstick, little people, nerds, geeks, and nose-picking), but this baseball comedy earns a few brownie points for its heart-warming message about including non-athletic kids (i.e. "benchwarmers") in Little League baseball, if only to boost their confidence and give them a moment of ball-field glory. It's a pleasant sentiment intended to encourage under-achievers to feel good about themselves, and that makes this loose-and-goofy vehicle for Rob Schneider, David Spade, and Napoleon Dynamite's Jon Heder an easygoing time-killer. Parents with good taste should be warned that his movie has no taste at all (it's hopelessly mired in the swamp of fart jokes and juvenile sight-gags), and is there really a need for mild profanity in a movie like this? That said, there are a few laughs in the efforts of Schneider and his ultra-nerdy pals as they form a team of rejects and go to bat against an enemy squad of current and former school-bullies, led by former late-night talk-show host Craig Kilborn. In addition to Schneider and Spade, Saturday Night Live alumni Jon Lovitz and Tim Meadows show up for an easy paycheck, and director Dennis Dugan handles the dumb-and-dumber shtick as if he were on vacation, sipping margaritas and shamelessly going for the easy laughs. If that's what you're looking for, you've come to the right place.--Jeff Shannon

Product Description

Rob Schneider, David Spade, and Jon Heder star in this comedy about three guys (Schneider, Spade, Heder) who, all their lives, have been living in the shadow of bullies and are determined not to take it anymore. Now they must train with the help of Mel (Jon Lovitz) to take on the most offensive and meanest Little League teams. Also starring Craig Kilborn, Tim Meadows, Nick Swardson, and Molly Sims. If you love shamelessly lowbrow humor, this is your movie...

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Adam Sandler would approve! July 25, 2006
Produced by Adam Sandler's company, Happy Madison, this movie has a lot of elements you would come to expect from many of Adam Sandler's past comedic escapades, such as toilet humor and slapstick elements, and "Benchwarmers" makes great use of these and other elements that have delighted fans for several years. Rob Schneider, a recurring minor character actor from several Sandler films, steps up to the plate in this latest baseball comedy, which follows a growing trend of movies glorifying the low people on the social totem pole. I personally have always enjoyed seeing movies that do this, and "Benchwarmers" is no exception. Unless you are totally opposed to this type of humor, "Benchwarmers" is sure to hit a home run with your funny bone! Older children and teens particularly will find this movie a treat, but I would recommend this movie to anyone, regardless of age (with the exception of very young children), who has ever found entertainment value in Adam Sandler or the three featured actors herein!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Are you guys ready to scr-mi-mimage?" August 9, 2006
Just as is the case with all Happy Madison-produced movies, this movie comes equipped with a crappy plot. However, also as usual, the movie manages to be funny and entertaining anyway. The characters and the humorous dialogue are what make the movie worth seeing. Rob Schneider, David Spade, Jon Heder, Nick Swardson and Jon Lovitz are all very funny in their respective roles.

My favorite characters were Richie (Spade) and his brother Howie (Swardson), who suffers from agoraphobia and does not leave the house. He fears the sun, in particular, as he believes that it is bad and that it wants to burn him. Richie finally tricks Howie into leaving the house by telling him that there is an escaped killer running loose in their town who is hell-bent on killing people named Howie. Before this, however, we also get to see Howie go to battle with 2 cute little Girl Scouts.

There are some very funny one-liners delivered in this movie. I found myself laughing out loud more than a few times, usually at something said by David Spade's character.

Jon Lovitz, Craig Kilborn, Tim Meadows and a few others do well with their supporting roles. Lovitz is particularly funny as a nerd-turned-billionaire who spitballs the idea of "The Benchwarmers" team.

I would recommend seeing the movie, but I wouldn't put it on the same level as Spade's past movies, Napoleon Dynamite or any older Sandler movies. I would place it just on the level with a Rob Schneider movie, like Deuce Bigalow. Worth watching, then decide whether or not you want to own it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A really funny film from start to finish November 8, 2006
I wasn't all that enthused about watching The Benchwarmers, but the film had me laughing from the very start and really surprised me with its home run of an ending, as it featured a really effective twist on an otherwise wholly predictable story. Underdog movies like this are a dime a dozen, but The Benchwarmers is really one of the better ones. With Saturday Night Live alums every where you look (and a little helping hand from Adam Sandler as co-executive producer), this movie has the comedy covered. Sure, it's decidedly juvenile in nature, but guess what? The film's main target audience is juveniles. Whether we like it or not, growing up involves a lot of fart jokes, underwear incidents, and name-calling. The comedy is actually one of the most realistic aspects of the film, if you ask me.

So here's the deal. After watching some bully athletes torment three kids for daring to play some baseball on "their" public field, Gus (Rob Schneider) decides to drag out the old mitt and play a little ball with two of his really dysfunctional buddies, Richie (David Spade), who sports a 3 Stooges-inspired haircut and works at the local video store, and Clark (Jon Heder), a really dumb paper-delivery guy. When the snotty ball players show up again, Gus challenges them to a game - and he, Richie, and Clark actually win, thanks to Gus' baseball prowess. Other challenges roll in, and before you know it local nerd-turned-billionaire Mel (Jon Lovitz) puts together a statewide round robin tournament, with the winner earning a fancy new stadium for his town. All of those who have suffered at the hands of bullies, young and old alike, start turning up to cheer on their "Benchwarmers" 3-man baseball team.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What I thought was a loser, actually is a winner! October 10, 2006
After seeing the previews for this movie, I thought that I would never EVER watch this movie. It looked sooooo bad on the prewviews. But I rented it after seen that Nick Swardson (Grandma's Boy) wrote it. I've now learned that anything Nick touches turns to comedy gold. The Benchwarmers is a surprising hit. Rob Schneider and his band of misfit losers put on a great show. The film is full of great slapstick and nerd jokes. But be warned this movie isn't for everyone. It's extremely immature (like myself). Boogers, farts, guys getting hit in between the legs, etc. After thinking this was going to be the biggest joke of a movie I ended up laughing my butt off through the whole thing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
It's hard to find a fun movie for my [...] son, but this fit the bill. Stupid, physical comedy and gross-out scenes were just what he and his friends needed for a great night in front of the TV. David Spade sports a fab Prince-Valient haircut and for once, Rob Schneider is the more "normal" of the gang. A lot of fun cameos can keep adults happy for awhile too. The nerds triumph over the jock-bullies so the message isn't too bad either.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars review on benchwarmers..
I was expected a DVD and it wasn't That was my fault. it was for a PSP player. I should have read it header more closely.
Published 18 days ago by joez
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome...
great movie!!!

it may not be for everyone, but everyone should see it at least once!

happy to add it to my collection.
Published 2 months ago by SamHain
3.0 out of 5 stars Kid Funny
Good for the younger crowd, had funny parts but mainly for the less mature crowd. Overall a good time consumer.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars funny but kinda silly
a bit of a silly premise, and fascinatingly loser of a crew on the main characters, but kind funny and mildly entertaining
Published 2 months ago by STL
3.0 out of 5 stars Funny, but not hilarious
It was as funny as we expected and had a nice message. It wasn't quite as funny as other movies from Happy Madison Productions.
Published 4 months ago by Noisemaker
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Funny
This movie was very funny. The kids enjoyed it a lot. The plot was silly and the characters were very funny.
Published 5 months ago by Kimberly Seaver
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't touch this stinker!
Awful film made only worse by awful internet connection. What a piece of junk! Don't go near this film. Sick; unfunny.
Published 5 months ago by The Big Cheese
3.0 out of 5 stars We are all benchwarmers in something!
It's a little silly but has a great lesson behind it. I mean we have all been in the bench a time or two ourselves. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Angie
5.0 out of 5 stars Good but crude for the young
The movie was great. There was a lot of language and several spots that were inappropriate for young audiences. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Lori POLLACK
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
I downloaded this on my Kindle for my grandsons to watch on a long vacation road trip. They picked out the movie already knew they liked it. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Critic #1
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