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  • Summary: Semi-Pro is 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. It made a name for itself with such innovations as the three-point shot and slam-dunk contest. Will Ferrell plays Jackie Moon, a one-hitSemi-Pro is 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. It made a name for itself with such innovations as the three-point shot and slam-dunk contest. Will 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. (New Line Cinema) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 29
  2. Negative: 6 out of 29
  1. 75
    Semi-Pro is so shabbily staged, shot and edited that it hardly ranks as a movie, much less a sports film, but hilarious people keep turning up in it.
  2. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    70
    Very much in the tradition of "Slap Shot," George Roy Hill's raucously funny and foul-mouthed 1977 laffer about the misadventures of a minor-league hockey team, Semi-Pro scores big laughs with the rowdy play-by-play of hard-luck hoopsters struggling for professional survival.
  3. 63
    Critics will score Semi-Pro on its missed shots. My guess is that audiences will do what they always do with Ferrell: remember when he killed them laughing.
  4. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    50
    The semifunny Semi-Pro is amiable enough, but you never feel there's much at stake.
  5. Come to think of it, Ferrell is to the sports comedy what the Toronto Maple Leafs are to the hockey biz: Hard-core fans are sure to show up and find reasons to be amused. The rest of us can only hope for better days.
  6. Andre Benjamin, Woody Harrelson, Maura Tierney and David Koechner -- all talented -- seem amazingly zombie-like here. And Jackie Earle Haley, as a stoner fan of the Tropics, is more disconcerting than funny.
  7. Reviewed by: Josh Rosenblatt
    20
    But basketball … basketball doesn’t deserve the Ferrell treatment. Basketball is a sport of kings, a thing of beauty and elegance, America’s game. Which doesn’t mean that it shouldn’t be mocked but that if it must be mocked it deserves to be mocked well, and Semi-Pro, unfortunately, isn’t up to the challenge.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 49
  2. Negative: 11 out of 49
  1. MarkJ.
    Jul 7, 2008
    10
    i thought semi prow was a movie with no taste. it was not realistic or factual. I had high hopes that this movie would be great, but i was i thought semi prow was a movie with no taste. it was not realistic or factual. I had high hopes that this movie would be great, but i was disappointed. I also thought they over did it with all the jokes. Expand
  2. JayS.
    Mar 1, 2008
    10
    Most Will Ferrell movies lack a plot and merely throw a story designed to get laughs at you, though they almost always produce. This one had Most Will Ferrell movies lack a plot and merely throw a story designed to get laughs at you, though they almost always produce. This one had the laughs with the plot for a movie that was as entertaining as it was funny. You may be able to guess what happens here and there, but you'll find yourself laughing anyway. One of Ferrell's better movies. Expand
  3. ThomasJ.
    Nov 18, 2008
    8
    Expected the worst after watching Will Farrell Taladega Night / Ricky Bobby last time. But this Farrell-thing is really great. I enjoyed it, Expected the worst after watching Will Farrell Taladega Night / Ricky Bobby last time. But this Farrell-thing is really great. I enjoyed it, cause I'm a Basketball-fan and like the ABA-70s style. I recommend it to Basketball-Fans, or Fans of crazy comedy. Nice, sweet popcorn-movie. 8 Points! Expand
  4. Nov 19, 2011
    6
    It was ok. Had its funny parts and its boring parts. The acting was ok in it, It was what you expected from a movie like this. If you likeIt was ok. Had its funny parts and its boring parts. The acting was ok in it, It was what you expected from a movie like this. If you like Will Ferrell then you will probably like this film. Expand
  5. C.B.
    Mar 4, 2008
    5
    a sub-par Ferrell outing. I expect much more from him...
  6. Feb 7, 2015
    4
    Silly like any other Will Ferrell movie but not funny. Not even on the same page as most of his films. Semi-Pro was a film I was excited forSilly like any other Will Ferrell movie but not funny. Not even on the same page as most of his films. Semi-Pro was a film I was excited for when the trailers were released but it just has nothing on films like Blades of Glory and Anchorman, if you're thinking of watching this, save yourself some time. Expand
  7. AlexR.
    Jun 5, 2008
    0
    Semi-pro, more like semi-loser. actually, just plain loser. he and the bear had poo sex backstage and his teamates did a gangbang.

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