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Semi-Pro - comedy DVD review
SEMI-PRO Rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America curledupdvd.com rating: 2 1/2 stars
Actors: Will Ferrell, Woody Harrelson, Andre Benjamin, Maura Tierney, Will Arnett, Jackie Earl Haley
Director: Kent Alterman   Studio: New Line Home Video
DVD release:03 June 2008   Runtime: 84 minutes (1 disc)
Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
DVD features: Audio (English Dolby Digital 5.1 EX, English 2.0 Stereo Surround), Subtitles (English, Spanish), "Love Me Sexy - The Story Behind the One-Hit-Wonder" featurette, "Recreating the American Basketball Association (ABA)" featurette, "Four Days in Flint" featurette, "The Man Behind Semi-Pro" featurette, Behind the scenes footage with Bill Walton, Bob Costas and "Dick Pepperfield," "Love Me Sexy" music video, Theatrical teasers and trailers, Animated menus

Will Farrell stars as Jackie Moon, a one time '70s pop star-turned-basketball team owner, coach, and player in Semi-Pro. The year is 1976, and Moon's ABA team, the Flint Tropics, is facing big changes. For those of you unenlightened about the history of basketball, at the end of the 1976 season the ABA merged with the NBA, which absorbed only a handful of ABA teams and dissolved the rest. Moon, an excellent promoter, manages to get the ABA to pass on to the NBA the best four teams of the season. This gives Moon a limited amount of time to get his team in shape and pack the stadium. With the help of team members Monix (Woody Harrelson) and Clarence 'Coffee' Black (André Benjamin), he has a decent chance of making the Tropics into an NBA team.

If you're a sports enthusiast (I'm really not), Semi-Pro may be an excellent film for you. This assumes that it's delivering some content that makes more sense to sports fans than not. I found the film fairly entertaining but not quite up to par with Will Farrell's past work. There are some excellent performers here, but the material they work with gives them... not enough to work with.

Some of the better bits include Monix's rekindling a past relationship with Lynn (Maura Tierney). Her current boyfriend, Kyle (Rob Corddry), is thrilled to have the former NBA star in his midst, even more so to have him moving in on his girlfriend. Another good piece is Moon's promotion involving him wrestling a bear to bring up attendance. Keep an eye out for Oscar nominee Jackie Earle Haley as a stoner free-throw contest winner.

Semi-Pro tries to score a touchdown, but the team can't quite pull it off in the - umm... Like I said, I'm not really a sports guy.
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reviewed by Eric Renshaw
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