Lisa Schwarzbaum
March 06, 2008 AT 05:00 AM EST

Semi-Pro

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
90 minutes
Wide Release Date
02/29/08
performer
Will Ferrell, Andre Benjamin, Woody Harrelson, Maura Tierney
director
Kent Alterman
distributor
New Line Cinema
author
Scot Armstrong
genre
Comedy, Sports

We gave it a C-

Judging from this low-scoring sports comedy about the mystique of men with balls, Will Ferrell needs to call a time-out from belly baring to refocus his fan-favorite game of playing clueless male doofuses. In Semi-Pro, as a faded one-hit pop star and the owner/promoter/coach of the Flint Tropics, a wishfully named struggling basketball team in the bad-plaid 1970s, the big goofball relies too much on the funny hair and swingin’ postures of the era as punchlines in themselves. His teammates include Woody Harrelson and an always righteous André Benjamin, looking fly in a giant ‘fro. C?

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