Bad News Bears (Widescreen Edition)
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The primary reason to see the new Bad News Bears is actor Billy Bob Thornton. He is the logical successor to Walter Matthau's mantle. Thornton owns the character of Coach Buttermaker - a lewd, gruff drunk with no socially redeeming traits who still manages to exude a sleazy charm. Had he created this role rather than just expertly imitated it, it would have been pure genius, and as it is, it stands as a homage to the original.
Oddly, the remake manages to be simultaneously both raunchier and more politically correct than the original. Where the original film had Buttermaker getting endorsements from a bail bondsman on the kid's uniforms, the remake has the endorsement of a strip club, complete with dancers coming to the games as a rooting section for the team. Yet in the climatic scene of the aftermath of the championship game, where the original film had Buttermaker giving all the kids beers, in the remake he simply hands out near-beer, robbing the scene of all of its edginess and power with its unwillingness to take the risks of the original.
The kids in the movie were well cast and did a nice job of recreating the original roles. Here once again, this movie has the feel of a homage. The only innovation was to make the ethnic mix of the team more diverse.
This movie is a must see for all Billy Bob Thornton fans - his performance here will not disappoint them. And though this remake can never replace the original, it is entertaining and stays fairly true to the intent and feel of the film that it is imitating. I thus give it a qualified recommendation.
The 1976 movie is a classic. The late Walther Matthau was perfectly cast as the lovable boozer, coach Buttermaker. Tatum O'Neil, who already had an Academy Award in her trophy case, brought comedy and tenderness to the movie as the tenacious, yet emotionally fragile pitcher, Amanda. While the movie was hilarious and a great social commentary on an American institution, it was the tender relationship between Matthau and O'Neal that made the movie work.
The remake is commendable for staying so true to the original; the few differences include an updated demographic mix of players and updated scenes- skateboard parks replaced pool halls and Hooters replaced Pizza Hut.
Despite the fidelity to the original, the remake fouls classic lines and the relationship between Amanda and Buttermaker strikes out. The cast of the remake turns in a minor league performance. Except for Billy Bob Thorton as coach Buttermaker and Greg Kinnear who played the roll of the opposing coach who was originally played by Vic Morrow, the casting was very poor. The modern cast of supporting players whiff on comic timing where the old cast hit homeruns. They seem as poorly coached on the set as their characters did on the field.
Billy Bob Thorton is the only actor of this generation that could even attempt to follow in Matthau's cleats. And while Thorton does a good job putting his own touches on Buttermaker, his acting often seems uninspired and doesn't generate the sympathy that one felt for Mathau's portrayal. Nevertheless, it is his performance that makes the movie tolerable. His best scenes are with Kinnear.Read more ›
Michael Ritiche's ("Smile", "The Bad News Bears", "Downhill Racer", "The Candidate")original is a five star classic that would be difficult to beat. Luckily this remake doesn't try to beat it--instead Linklater ("Dazed and Confused", "Before Sunset", "The School of Rock", "A Scanner Darkly")just tries to update it for a new audience. His efforts deserve 3 1/2 stars. It ain't perfect but it's a whole lot of fun. Here's the good news-this film like the original is just as nasty, funny and outrageous in its own way. There was probably the temptation to make this into a PC Disney movie. Luckily the writers and director Richard Linklater resisted temptation and made a film that both pays homage to the original film and retell the story for a new audience.
"Bears" hits a home run on DVD with an very good transfer. Detail is exceptionally good and color rich with accurate flesh tones. The color and detail are remarkably good. The 5.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I LOVE THIS MOVIE! I have watched it 100x. I love Billy Bob Thornton in it and the kids are great! I wouldn't necessarily recommend it for young kids to watch, as the language and... Read morePublished 1 month ago by tarafarah7
what a completely fowl mouthed unnecessary reboot. the original still stands the test in my book.Published 2 months ago by DENIS CALDERONE
Watched this as a family movie and we all really enjoyed it. I remember watching the original as a kid and thought it was funny. This one was much less crass than the original.Published 2 months ago by Iowan1988
I love this movie!! Luckily most of it goes over our kiddos head.Published 2 months ago by joanna batsel