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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-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. Reviewed by: Chris Willard
    Ultimately, we don't purchase tickets to Will Ferrell movies for their sweeping romantic storylines, but because he makes us laugh. And Semi-Pro offers plenty of reasons to do so.
  2. Reviewed by: Matt Zoller Seitz
    Semi-Pro finds the sweet spot between sports melodrama and parody, and hammers it for 90 diverting minutes.
  3. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Definitely more than semi-funny.
  4. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    The semifunny Semi-Pro is amiable enough, but you never feel there's much at stake.
  5. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    The humor is mostly visual -- 70s relics like Pong, Shasta and men's platform shoes compete with the sight of Ferrell squeezed into tube socks and short shorts.
  6. 40
    As Ferrell’s films go, Semi-Pro is, honestly, pretty damn boring.
  7. Reviewed by: Josh Rosenblatt
    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 48
  2. Negative: 11 out of 48
  1. MarkJ.
    Jul 7, 2008
    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
    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
    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
    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 like Will Ferrell then you will probably like this film. Expand
  5. C.B.
    Mar 4, 2008
    a sub-par Ferrell outing. I expect much more from him...
  6. Mar 15, 2014
    With a plethora of hollywood funny men in this movie, all headed up by Will Ferrell, I'm shocked that this movie really turned out to be this unfunny. I did find a few chuckle worthy moments here and there, but nothing that resembled actual comedy. Some of the scenes in the movie just do not make any sense and end up being painful to watch. A scene where Ferrell is playing poker is a perfect example of such, as the whole time I was watching I was just wondering what was going on and why. It wasn't funny, just loud, rude, and pointless. I think that is the best way to describe the whole movie.

    In the end "Semi-Pro" fails to make any sort of good use of it's usually hilarious cast thanks to it's awkwardly written jokes. What's worse is that it's clear that some of these scenes could have been genuinely funny if put in the hands of a writer who could come up with better dialog and comedic timing. It really is just a boring waste of time and you would be better off watching something else. I give it a 4.2/10-Bad.
  7. AlexR.
    Jun 5, 2008
    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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