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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.
Why Is Semi-Pro Rated R?
Semi-Pro is rated R for language and some sexual content.
Here is additional information on sex, violence and profanity in Semi-Pro...
Heavy on sexual dialogue and light on sports, this film suffers from many moments of innuendo, crass remarks, profanities and visuals. Characters frequently use crude anatomical terms to describe men and women, along with sexual expletives and various other moderate and mild profanities. A mostly clothed unmarried man and woman are seen having sex while another man excitedly looks on (it is insinuated the spectator is about to begin masturbating). Cheerleaders wearing bikinis are seen throughout the film. Players begin fighting during a game and exchange blows. As well, a man punches another man in order to force him to vomit. During a poker game, a group of men take a gun and pretend to shoot each other and themselves after being told there are no bullets in the weapon—then the gun suddenly fires. An unruly crowd is seen in a stadium parking lot and a police car is overturned by a group of uniformed officers. It is implied that a secondary character is using drugs. Other characters are seen smoking tobacco products and drinking socially.
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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.
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.
Canadian Movie Ratings
Canadian Home Video Rating: 14A
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Details on home video releases of Semi-Pro...
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).