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Bait Shop 2008 PG CC

4.0 out of 5 stars (58) IMDb 4.2/10

Forced to come up with $15,000 or else witness his small-town bait shop become the one that got away, Bill (Bill Engvall) must rely on a comedic cast of friends and family to hook the "the big one." Putting his reel skill to the test, Bill enters the annual Bass Tournament against rival bait shop owner Hot Rod Johnson (Billy Ray Cyrus), who's determined to put his money where his large mouth is.

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Bill Engvall, Jim R. Coleman
Runtime:
1 hour, 26 minutes

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Genres Comedy
Director C.B. Harding
Starring Bill Engvall, Jim R. Coleman
Supporting actors Mary Rachel Dudley, Wilbur Houston, Richard Riehle, Maureen Preuss, Christopher Schmidt, Rus Blackwell, David Mackey, Billy Ray Cyrus, Vincent Martella, Harve Presnell, Billy Joe Shaver, Tim Powell, David Neil Enfinger, David Preuss, Greg Neff, Tony Lopez, Tom Hillmann, Mikki Scanlon
Studio Lionsgate
MPAA rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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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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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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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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"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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My wife thought I might like this movie as I am an avid fisherman, and I like the comedy routines of Bill Engvall. I had just recently watched a comedy movie with him called "Delta Farce", that was a fun way to spend an afternoon in front of the tube. This movie is about Bill, the owner of an old bait shop at a big bass lake, who has a balloon payment coming up on the shop's mortgage. He has a collection of friends that hang out daily, some of whom are freeloaders, and the shop is not doing well. Things are bad enough before a nationally famous fisherman named "Hot Rod Johnson" comes to town. Billy Ray Cyrus as Hot Rod as a character is mean, arrogant, a braggart and a bully. Bill decides to enter the big bass tournament to save his shop, while even his own son seems enamored with the fishing superstar. Good supporting cast. As a fisherman I enjoyed the bait shop, boats and fishing stuff. I think Delta Farce was better, but this movie was more family friendly. No big violence, cursing or sex, just an easy movie to watch.
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