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Semi-Pro (Let's Get Sweaty Edition) (2008) [Blu-ray]

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Will Ferrell stars in Semi-Pro, an outrageous comedy set in 1976 against the backdrop of the maverick ABA - a fast-paced, wild and crazy basketball league that rivaled the NBA and made a name for itself with innovations like the three-point shot and slam dunk contest. Ferrell plays Jackie Moon, a one-hit wonder who used the profits from the success of his chart-topping song "Love Me Sexy" to achieve his dream of owning a basketball team. But Moon's franchise, the Flint Michigan Tropics, is the worst team in the league and in danger of folding when the ABA announces its plans to merge with the NBA. If they want to survive, Jackie and the Tropics must now do the seemingly impossible - win.

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  • Actors: Jackie Earle Haley, Woody Harrelson, Patti LaBelle, Maura Tierney, Tim Meadows
  • Directors: Kent Alterman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: New Line Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 3, 2008
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (230 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0016MOV9W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,388 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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By M. B Cole on May 4, 2008
Format: DVD
Come on everybody! We're going back! Back to the 70's. Back to the bell bottoms and the big fro's. Back to the disco dancing and roller skating days. Back to when basketball players wore really...REALLY... short shorts.

Will Ferrell plays Jackie Moon who made a ton of money from his song "Love Me Sexy". What does Jackie go and do with it? He's buys himself a basketball team in the ABA called the Flint `Michigan' Tropicals. Jackie is a one man show who not only owns the Tropicals, but also coaches them. And to get fans into the stadium, he even promotes them with outlandish themes such as jumping over 10 cheerleaders while he's wearing roller-skates. Then one day it's decided that the ABA and the NBA will merge into one, and that 4 teams will go to the NBA. Jackie convinces them to let the 4 BEST teams go, not the 4 most popular. The commish, to make it harder on the not so popular teams, also says they have to bring in at least 2000 fans each game. So Jackie tries everything from free Corn Dog night to Jackie Wrestles Bear night. There are a decent amount of funny parts in the movie, but in all seriousness, the story is better than the comedy this time around.

To me the comedy seemed extremely forced in some parts. Usually Will Ferrell can just flow comedy out of his mouth without even a problem. But here it seemed he didn't have much help from his supporting cast when it came to impromptu time. Sometimes Will's antics will make you laugh and sometimes you wish Will would just put his comedy on hold for a few minutes so he could be fresh again. Now don't get me wrong though, there are funny parts in the movie. I for one liked the bear wrestling scene and also the interaction between Jackie Moon and the ref that is a priest.
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Semi-Pro isn't a total train-wreck by any stretch and it does have its genuine moments of hilarity but doesn't quite deliver as well and as often as it should. If you can make it through the first half of the film, where the filmmakers struggle to find the right mix of humour and drama, you'll be rewarded for a much more satisfying second half that pays off your patience for sticking it out.

This edition is loaded with extras all of which are included on the second disc while the first disc includes both the rated and unrated versions of the film.

There are four deleted/alternate scenes. Sportscaster Dick Pepperfield provides the backstory to Jackie Moon and his team. We see Monix's prologue and how he deals with an obnoxious heckler. In an amusing montage, we find out what happens to all the major characters, which really should have been kept in.

Also included are three improv scenes. We get more the play-by-play banter from Lou and Dick with Will Arnett adlibbing all sorts of raunchy observations. There is also more of Jackie and Dick on the Tropics Weekly TV show which allows Farrell to cut loose with more clueless observations.

"A Short History of the ABA" takes a look at the actual ABA with former players reminiscing about it and clips of vintage footage. There are some interesting factoids that revealed, like how it started the three-point shot and introduced a more colourful, dynamic style of play that was eventually absorbed into the NBA.

"Re-creating the ABA" examines how the filmmakers authentically re-created the look and feel of the era. The cast went through an intensive, four-week training camp in order to be able to play like they did in the `70s.
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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.

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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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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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I've always found Semi-Pro to be a very funny movie with a high rewatch factor. Sure, it's the usual goofy, slapstick-style movie you would expect from Will Ferrell and company, but this time the setting and the cast add a little uniqueness to it. The 70's were a really fun time to be alive (I was there... I know!), and this movie captures some of the best parts of what made that decade fun, from the music to the way people used to just mess with each other and not get offended as much as they do these days.

The unrated version of the movie really doesn't add much to the theatrical version. All that's missing is a bulky gag with Jackie Moon's wife and a little more character building with Coffee Black. You won't be missing anything by skipping the unrated version.

Overall, a good comedy that's got plenty of "stupid" gags, but it's got a great heart. My recommendation: watch when you are already in a good mood, and you will laugh hard.
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