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on May 3, 2016
Semi-Pro is easily one of the funniest classic Will Ferrell movies to me. As an avid fan of Basketball, having Will Ferrell's unique sense of humor and personality brought to a stereotypical sports drama/comedy made it far more enjoyable. If you aren't expecting a ton out of it, you'll probably have a lot of fun with this movie and enjoy it a lot.
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on November 27, 2012
A must watch for basketball and Ferrell fans alike. This is such a quotable movie. I first watched it with my basketball team at an out-of-town tournament in high school and watching it (and quoting it) again and again never gets old. It's a straight-forward Will Ferrell sports movie plot, don't expect anything more than your standard comedy setups, but the moments and the characters are so funny you won't be able to help but enjoy yourself. Woody Harrelson shows once again why any movie he is in is worth watching as he takes on the role of a washed up NBA player that's been traded to his hometown ABA team....for a washing machine.

Enough said.
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on December 27, 2012
I am not normally a fan of really "stupid" comedies (with the exception of Tommy Boy and Super Troopers), but for some reason, I really like this movie. It's ideal for if you're bored and looking to kill about an hour and a half. It can be a little vulgar at times (it wouldn't be rated R if it wasn't), so if that's not something you like (I do), then you might want to skip this.

I have never really liked Anchorman or Zoolander or movies like that, but for some reason, I like this one. I think it's because it has a bit more heart than those movies. Yeah, they do goofy things, like have all the basketball players dress up for the half-time show and have Will Ferrell try to wrestle a bear, but it's all for a purpose. Everything they do is either to increase ticket sales or try to save their team. Plus, if nothing else, they have a great cast who seem to enjoy themselves, so if you're a fan of any of them, it's worth a watch. :)
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on June 4, 2015
This is one of those silly "guy" movies that makes you laugh out loud. Will Ferrell at his best. Andre "3000" Benjamin sharpening his comedic chops and stealing the movie as Clarence Withers / Coffee Black / Downtown "Funky Stuff". Will Arnett doing what he does best comically. A guest appearance by Tim Meadows that makes you want more of him. A star-studded cast that equals a funny movie.
Feeling silly- a must see!
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on February 10, 2018
Pretty funny. I needed to watch this for research on a group costume I was to be a part of. I put it off for years but was actually pleasantly surprised. It was entertainment.
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VINE VOICEon June 7, 2008
This movie is fairly clearly a tribute to the glory days of the ABA (American Basketball Association), one-time competitor to the National Basketball Association, though that tribute is cached within a comedy that happens to feature Will Ferrell, André Benjamin, Will Arnett, Woody Harrelson, Maura Tierney, Rob Corddry, and Andy Richter (among others).

In Semi-Pro, Ferrell's character, Jackie Moon, has made his fortune thanks to becoming a one-hit wonder as an R&B singer of a song that is featured early in the film, "Love Me Sexy." Love Me Sexy was written for the film and seems to borrow from the styles of the times the movie is set in, in this case the mid '70's. As it turns out, the soundtrack for the movie offers a decent selection of 1970's hit songs and for those who grew up in the era it's a nice reminder of the times.

Jackie takes the money he has made from his hit record and uses it to buy an ABA franchise that he moves from Florida to his own home town of Flint, Michigan (though that isn't explained well in the final cut of the film, and instead you learn that information via deleted and bonus scenes included on the second of the two discs in the Blu-ray package). Jackie's skill set is firmly grounded in choreography and marketing, though as owner of the Flint Tropics basketball team he has given himself a role as a player and coach of the team he owns.

Early in the film we find that Jackie and his teammates, while having fun playing, aren't all that serious as basketball players. The league itself is experiencing financial difficulties, and the Tropics are facing a similar situation. Fans aren't filling the arena, and despite Jackie's best efforts at putting on a show that will get fans to come to the games, the lack of financial stability shows through in background comments from team personnel and announcers that note that they haven't been paid.

Jackie heads off to a league owners meeting where a merger between the ABA and NBA is confirmed. Hearing this news, Jackie gets enthusiastic at the idea of becoming an owner of a team in the NBA only to find that the teams that will be absorbed into the NBA don't include his own. A mini-revolt amongst the team owners (lead by Jackie) results in a vote to have the teams that will be brought into the NBA determined by the standings of the teams in the league. Though the Tropics are mired in the cellar of the league standings, Jackie sees hope in the idea that if he can get his team to perform he may yet be able to keep his team alive.

The rest of the story borrows heavily from various sports films including Major League though several anecdotes from the good old days of the ABA are tossed in for good measure, including the idea that one player (Woody Harrelson's Ed Monix) is traded to another team in exchange for a clothes washer. Can the Tropics improve their record enough to stay in business? Can they raise their attendance enough to seem to be a viable team? You'll have to watch the film to find out.

The sports cliche's are thick, and the jokes aren't quite as plentiful as you would think. Again, mixed in here pretty well is a great deal of respect and admiration for the little league that could, the ABA.

Definitely check out the extras on the second disc, including a short history of the ABA, in doing so you'll gain extra insight into how this film came to be and just what the writer and director were trying to achieve (not that you can't tell from watching the film, but you will likely appreciate the effort all the more after seeing the extras).

Look for cameos from some of the ABA's great players, along with interviews of those same players in the extras.

Language in the un-rated edition is pretty coarse, along with some graphically implied sexual content and sexual innuendo. Easily worth a rental, with extra value for people that remember the ABA or want to learn a little more about the league.
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on November 15, 2016
A prime example of an extended version being FAR superior to the theatrical version. It actually makes it a decent sports movie with more character development as well as the funniest line in the movie (at climax).
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on April 20, 2018
Very funny movie!
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on April 23, 2018
Awesome and funny movie.
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on March 18, 2017
I truly did enjoy this movie as Woody Harrelson is one of the greatest underrated actors of our time!
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