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Still shot from the movie: Bad News Bears.

Bad News Bears

The news for a team of little league baseball players is bad, when a boozing, former major leaguer (Billy Bob Thornton) is hired to be their coach. A remake of the 1976 hit movie, the object of the game is still to have the alcoholic adult turn the dysfunctional players into a functional team. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: D+
Violence: B-
Sexual Content: C+
Language: D+
Drugs/Alcohol: D+
Run Time: 113
Theater Release: 21 Oct 2005
Video Release: 12 Dec 2005
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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Many sports films have followed in the path of the original Bad News Bears. One of the most recent, Rebound, features Martin Lawrence who coaches a junior high school basketball team to improve his damaged reputation. Another popular franchise of a similar vein—only on ice—sprung from Disney’s The Mighty Ducks.

One of the best movies illustrating the danger of adults vicariously living out their competitive dreams through their children, is Searching for Bobby Fisher.

Home Video Extra Features

DVD Release Date: 13 December 2005
Paramount Home Video tries to hit this DVD release out of the park by throwing in some featurettes, a commentary by the director and co-screenplay writers, deleted scenes, outtakes and the theatrical trailer. It even includes some video baseball cards. Audio Tracks are available in English (Dolby Digital 5.1and Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround) and French (Dolby Digital 5.1), with subtitles in English and Spanish.

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