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Still shot from the movie: Semi-Pro.

Semi-Pro

Jackie Moon (Will Ferrell) likes to think of himself as a professional basketball player, so he buys his own team and bills himself as their star. The movie is similarly pretentious, appearing like an underdog sports movie, but really just a vehicle to spoof the 70s and slam-dunk some crude humor. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: D+
Violence: C
Sexual Content: D
Language: D
Drugs/Alcohol: C
Theater Release: 28 Feb 2008
Video Release: 02 Jun 2008
MPAA Rating: R
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Thankfully you can find similar “work hard and let’s win the big game” conclusions in dozens of other sports movies that don’t have the content issues found in Semi-Pro (such as Hoosiers, Glory Road and Rudy). Parents will likely prefer to pull some of these reasonable alternatives off the shelf rather than have their kids play a game of dirty basketball with this team.

Video alternatives…

Basketball and humor are combined in Rebound, a movie where an obnoxious coach gets benched and, to improve his image, is forced to supervise a junior high school team of misfits. Comedian Will Ferrell also stars in the Christmas film Elf.

Home Video Extra Features

Semi-Pro releases to DVD in either a single or a double disc package. Special features included with the 2-Disc Set are Love Me Sexy (the story behind the one-hit-wonder), Recreating the American Basketball Association, Four Days in Flint, The Man Behind Semi-Pro, and behind-the-scenes footage with Bill Walton, Bob Costas and “Dick Pepperfield.” In addition this version provides the Love Me Sexy music video and theatrical trailers.

Semi-Pro also releases in a Blu-ray Edition. Along with all of the bonus extras included with the 2-disc set, the BD presentation offers Bill Walton Visits the Set (bonus footage) and Super Agility Trainer (an interactive game).

Audio tracks are available in English (Dolby Digital 5.1 EX and 2.0 Stereo Surround).

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