Semi-Pro

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Semi-Pro ★★ 2008 (R)

Faced with low fan turnout, the failing ABA of the '70s plans to dissolve the league and incorporate four of its best teams into the NBA. Owner/player Jackie Moon (a fullyfroed Ferrell) rises to the occasion, pulling out all the stops to get his lousy Flint Tropics (that's Flint, Michigan, nowhere near anything remotely tropical) on the map and into contention. He recruits aging star Ed Monix (Harrelson) and stages events like bear wrestling to get fans in the door. A funny premise that awkwardly confuses itself with an actual underdog sports drama. As with most of Ferrell's costars, Harrelson and Benjamin (as Coffee Black) take a backseat to the SNL alum's outrageous antics, making this little more than a scattering of Will Ferrell sketches. 90m/C DVD . US Will Ferrell, Woody Harrelson, Andre Benjamin, Maura Tierney, Will Arnett, Andy Richter, David Koechner, Rob Corddry, Matt Walsh, Jackie Earle Haley, Andrew Daly; D: Kent Alterman; W: Scot Armstrong; C: Shane Hurlbut; M: Theodore Shapiro.